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Hippos in Belgian zoo test positive for Covid-19

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BRUSSELS – Two hippos at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium tested positive for COVID-19, possibly the first reported cases in the species, according to zoo staff.

Hippos that have recently tested positive for COVID-19 are seen at Antwerp Zoo, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in this handout photo dated Summer 2021. Antwerp ZOO Society/Jonas Verhulst/Handout via REUTERS

Hippos Imani, 14, and Hermien, 41, have no symptoms other than a runny nose, but the zoo said the pair had been quarantined as a precaution.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first instance of this species.” “This virus has been reported primarily in great apes and felines around the world,” said the zoo’s veterinarian, Francis Vercammen.

The coronavirus is thought to have jumped from an animal to a human and has been proven to pass from humans to animals.

Pets such as cats, dogs, and ferrets have become infected after coming into contact with their owners, while cases of infection in zoo animals such as big cats, otters, primates, and hyenas have been reported.

The virus has spread to mink farms as well as wild animals such as deer.

Antwerp Zoo is looking into the outbreak’s origins. According to the zoo, none of the zookeepers had recently experienced COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the virus.

Via: Routers

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