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Two hippos quarantined after they tested positive for COVID-19

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

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

"This is the first time in this species that I am aware of. This virus has been found in great apes and felines all over the world "Francis Vercammen, the zoo's veterinarian, agreed.

It is thought that the coronavirus jumped from an animal to a human, and it has been proven that it has passed from humans to animals.

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

The disease has also spread to wild animals such as deer and mink farms.

The causes of the outbreak are being investigated by Antwerp Zoo. According to the zoo, none of the zookeepers had recently developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the virus.

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