Lions not exposed to Kovid in Hyderabad Zoo, infected with SARS-COV2 virus, not a threat to humans, bid central government
SARS-COV2 disease has been found in 8 Asiatic lions housed in Hyderabad Zoo, which causes difficulty in breathing. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that the lions have been isolated and the effect of treatment is visible. Variants of this virus are not a concern for humans and there is no evidence of outbreaks from animals. The government said requesting the media to be cautious while reporting on the matter.
The ministry said that on the basis of tests it has now been confirmed that eight Asiatic lions are infected with SARS-CoV2 virus. Lions are behaving normally and eating well. The Center said that preventive measures are already in place for all employees. The zoo has been closed.
Earlier there were reports that 8 Asian lions of Lion Safari of Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) were found to have corona symptoms, having difficulty breathing, on 24 April NZP informed CCMB. With the help of zoo officials, CCMB was sampled from his nose, throat and respiratory pipe after giving him anesthesia. On 4 May, his test report was found to be Corona positive. This matter was issued today by CCMB and NZP officials.
Infection due to living near
Rakesh Mishra, consultant at CSIR-Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), said on Tuesday that saliva samples of lions were thoroughly examined and infection found in the major research institute. They live close by, so the infection must have spread in them. We are now developing a method to examine their faeces samples. This method will be useful in the future, because it is not possible to sample the saliva of a wild animal every time.
Samples go to animals from time to time
A senior zoologist official said that from time to time, they keep sending samples of animals to CCMB for analysis. Shero had fever-like symptoms after which his samples were taken and sent to CCMB. Samples of animals are taken in two ways, one by means of 'squeak cage' or by making them unconscious. In the 'Squeeze Cage' method, the animal is locked in a tight puddle where there is no space so that they cannot move or resist during sampling.