In India, 8 lions have just tested positive for covid-19. A first in the world. The information was confirmed by the Analysis Center in charge of the study of animals at Hyderabad Zoo. For his part, the doctor Siddhanand Kukrety, the director of the zoo, held to procrastinate, saying that the lions were doing well.
According to him, it is true that the wild animals presented symptoms similar to those of covid-19. A test was therefore carried out. This is not the first time, however, that animals have tested positive for the disease. Indeed, in the Bronx, several wild animals, including tigers, have tested positive, as have dogs and cats in Hong Kong.
8 lions positive for covid-19 in India
Of the 12 lions in the zoo, 4 males and 4 females had symptoms such as loss of appetite, nasal congestion or cough. This is why the veterinarians of the park have carried out a battery of tests. Sequencing is also in progress to determine whether it is a human or animal variant.
Animal vaccines, already on the market
Currently, several vaccines against covid-19 for animals are in preparation. In Russia, the first doses are also starting to come out. We know that the company responsible for their production will be able to release up to 5 million doses per month. As for humans, it will take a double vaccination.