January 22, 2022 6:53 pm

Two hippos from a Belgium zoo test positive for Covid-19



Two hippos has given positive for Covid-19 at the Antwerp Zoo (Belgium). They could be the first reported cases in the species, zoo staff have said.

Hippos Imani, 14, and Hermien, 41, have no symptoms past a runny nose, but the zoo has ruled that the couple had been quarantined as a precautionary measure.

«To my knowledge, this is the first time in this species. Throughout the world, this virus has been reported mainly in great apes and cats, ”said the zoo’s veterinarian, Francis Vercammen.

There have been pets, including cats, dogs and ferrets, that have become infected after 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 in wild animals, such as deer.

The 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 has said.

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