Lions And Zoos

Asiatic lions at Hyderabad Zoo recover from coronavirus infection

Symptoms eased after the lions took medication for almost two weeks.

Eight Asian lions at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, infected with the novel coronavirus, have recovered and are now considered negative for the virus. Zoo officials told TNM that the lions are considered negative for the coronavirus under the COVID-19 protocol because the infection was detected more than 14 days ago. As previously reported by TNM on May 4, the lions had tested positive and exhibited symptoms such as a dry cough, runny nose and lack of appetite. However, zoo officials confirmed that all symptoms were gone as the lions were on treatment for almost two weeks.

Speaking to the News Minute, Dr Hakeem of the Zoological Park said: “Lions are considered negative according to protocol. They show no symptoms after two weeks of treatment. He added that the lions had initially received medication for 7 days and recovered on their own. However, for safety’s sake, the zoo continued treatment for five more days.

Big cats are now receiving B-Complex and multivitamin tablets for support. These lions tested positive were the first such case reported in the country. However, the source of their infection is still unknown.

Previously, officials at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) told TNM that samples were collected from lions using RT PCR tests, just like from humans. The samples, which were sequenced by the CCMB, were found to belong to the A2a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, not one of the disturbing variants more recently discovered during the second wave of COVID-19 in India. . The A2a variant is one of the most common variants seen in humans during the first wave of COVID-19 in India.

The zoo has remained closed to the public since May 2 after a notice from New Delhi’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to close all zoos, national parks, tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries for visitors, as previously reported by TNM.

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