Two hippos from Belgian zoo tested positive for COVID-19 – .

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Two hippos from Belgian zoo tested positive for COVID-19 – .


Lions are pictured in their enclosure at Antwerp Zoo, Belgium, March 28, 2019. REUTERS / Francois Lenoir / File Photo

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BRUSSELS, December 4 (Reuters) – Two hippos have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Antwerp zoo in Belgium in what may be the first reported cases of the species, zoo staff said.

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

“To my knowledge, this is the first time in this species. Globally, this virus has been reported primarily in great apes and felines, ”zoo veterinarian Francis Vercammen said.

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The coronavirus is believed to have passed from animal to human, and there is evidence to have passed from humans to animals.

Pets, including cats, dogs and ferrets, have been infected following contact with their owners, while in zoos, cases have been reported in animals such as big cats, otters, primates and hyenas.

The disease has also spread to mink farms and to wildlife, such as deer.

Antwerp Zoo is investigating the causes of the contagion. None of the zookeepers had recently shown symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus, the zoo said.

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Report by Francesco Guarascio Editing by Helen Popper

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