Two hyenas at the American Denver Zoo, Colorado, have contracted a coronavirus infection. These are the world’s first cases of COVID-19 in these animals, according to Twitter-a zoo account.
Hyena infestation has been confirmed at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory.
According to zoo staff, the animals show symptoms such as mild lethargy, nasal discharge and intermittent coughing.
In July, Ancha Baranova, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor at the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University (USA), revealed the main danger of the transmission of coronavirus from humans to animals. “Within the animal population, the virus will walk and multiply. And even if humanity defeats SARS-CoV-2, from time to time there will still be outbreaks of new variants of this virus brought in from natural foci, ”she said.
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