"SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of the disease we know as COVID-19. While this disease
has wreaked havoc on every human population worldwide, what isn’t as well
appreciated is that the virus can also infect a range of animals.
The World Organisation for Animal Health) has reported outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2
in cats, dogs, ferrets, minks, otters, lions, tigers, pumas, snow leopards,
gorillas, white-tailed deer, fishing cat, Binturong, South American coati,
spotted hyena, Eurasian lynx and Canada lynx. Recently the virus was identified
in pet hamsters following reverse zoonotic transmission from humans.
In our paper we report infection of an exotic puma (July 2020) and three
African lions (July 2021) in a private zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Transmission of a Delta variant – similar to those circulating in humans in
South Africa at the time – from a zookeeper to the three lions was identified.
One lion developed pneumonia while the other cases had mild infection. Both the
puma and lions remained positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA for up to seven weeks but
cleared the infection completely."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics