Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Binturong and a Fishing Cat at an Illinois Zoo

On October 6, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in a binturong and a fishing cat at a zoo in Illinois. These are the first of either species confirmed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the United States.

USDA will announce cases of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 in animals each time the virus is found in a new species. Confirmed cases in animals are posted at

You can read the entire news release from USDA and learn more about these confirmed cases here.


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