The University of Pretoria has published a study that confirms the transmission of coronavirus from humans to animals. At the same time, scientists admit severe forms of COVID-19 in animals.
Last year, animals at the South African Zoo fell ill with coronavirus. This has prompted research into human-to-animal transmission of the virus, writes Le Figaro.
Two cougars and three captive lions have been infected with the virus. Scientists suggest that COVID-19 entered the body of animals through zoo employees who were asymptomatic with coronavirus. Testing showed that it was the Delta strain, which was prevalent in South Africa at the time.
The animals had human-like symptoms: shortness of breath, runny nose, cough. The lioness developed pneumonia. Five zoo staff who came into contact with the animals also tested positive for coronavirus, suggesting a human source of infection.
“Transmission of the virus from humans to animals poses a risk to captive big cats,” – A study by the University of Pretoria warns.
Scientists say that animals can be affected by a more serious form of the disease.
Recall that in Hong Kong, hamsters fell ill with coronavirus. They are going to be destroyed.