Human to animal transmission of coronavirus reported
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Health; GS-III – Conservation
- A Malayan tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has been infected with the COVID 19.
- Four-year-old Nadia is believed to have caught the virus from a zoo employee, who had not shown symptoms.
- Till now, humans have been infecting humans.
- It is theoretically possible for the virus to mutate again to survive in certain species after being transmitted by humans.
Important value additions:
- The Malayan tiger is a Panthera tigris tigris population in Peninsular Malaysia.
- This population inhabits the southern and central parts of the Malay Peninsula.
- It has been classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List in 2015.
Image source : https://www.tigers-world.com/malayan-tiger/