Snow leopard in Kentucky zoo tests positive for coronavirus

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LOUISVILLE — A snow leopard in a Kentucky zoo would be the very first from the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus, federal officials announced Friday.

Two other snow leopards in the Louisville Zoo are undergoing testing to validate the virus, the Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories stated in a statement.

Officials took samples in the 3 big cats once they showed signs of respiratory disease, the announcement said.

No other creatures were showing symptoms, the zoo said.

The cats were probably infected through an asymptomatic staff member, regardless of precautions which comprised caretakers wearing personal protective gear, officials said.

The zoo said the danger of infected creatures spreading the virus to people is regarded as low and the zoo stays open, although the snow leopard display is shut while the cats recuperate.

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