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No Factual Evidence Anymore Animals Can Transmit Covid-19 Virus To Humans, Says Asian Lion Case Center | India News

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NEW DELHI: To allay general public fear over reports of positive cases of the SARS-CoV2 virus in eight Asian lions at a zoo in Hyderabad, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday that there was no “factual evidence” of what animals can continue to transmit the disease to humans.
The ministry responded to public concerns on the issue, referring to past cases reported in zoo animals in other parts of the world last year.
According to the report from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology laboratory that confirmed SARS-CoV2 infection in eight Asian lions at Nehru Zoo, Hyderabad, the ministry said: “Further analysis of the samples has revealed that the infection was not caused by no variant of concern. The eight lions have been isolated and given due care and treatment. ”
It said: “All eight lions have responded well to treatment and recovered. They are behaving normally and eating well. Preventive measures are already in place for all zoo staff and the zoo has been closed to visitors to avoid minimal external contact.” .
Although the Central Zoo authority has taken several preventive measures in light of the growing number of SARS CoV-2 cases, the ministry said new guidelines for Covid-19 precautions were being developed as part of next steps in consultation with experts.
Monitoring and guidelines for prevention, collection of samples, detection in suspicious cases and safety protocols for animal breeders have been suggested to zoos in consultation with scientific agencies and experts from the Indian Institute of Veterinary Research (IVRI ), Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh and the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology – Endangered Species Conservation Laboratory (CCMB-LaCONES) Hyderabad.
The CCMB-LaCONES shared test reports of the eight Asian lions with the ministry on Tuesday. Last year, a tiger at the New York Bronx Zoo in the US tested positive for Covid-19. Additionally, there were reports of an infection in a Belgian pet cat. Similar cases were also reported in Hong Kong, where two dogs tested positive last year.

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