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Eight Asiatic Lions in Hyderabad zoo test COVID-19 positive; samples examined by CCMB

HYDERABAD : In perhaps the first such reported incident, eight Asiatic lions in the zoo here have tested positive for COVID-19 after their saliva samples were thoroughly examined by CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology here, Rakesh Mishra, advisor of the premier research institute said on Tuesday."The saliva samples of the Asiatic lions were thoroughly tested and they turned out to be positive. As they were living closely it must have been spread among them," Mishra told PTI."Now we are developing a method to test the samples of their faeces.

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