The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced recently the confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 in a Canada lynx at a zoo in Pennsylvania.
The lynx, at the Pittsburgh Zoo, is the first Canada lynx confirmed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the United States.
The cat began displaying clinical signs including occasional coughing, but overall symptoms have been mild.
SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in several animal species worldwide, mostly in animals that had close contact with a person with COVID-19. At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended.
Based on the information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low.
People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to animals during close contact. It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection.
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