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Namibia: More than 100 hippos die in suspected anthrax outbreak

Namibia: More than 100 hippos die in suspected anthrax outbreak

We suspect an anthrax outbreak, but our veterinary team is still to confirm that, ' deputy director of the park Apollinaris Kannyinga told the Namibian.

According to rangers from Bwabwata National Park in Namibia, at least 109 hippos have been killed in the last week.

One ministry official said Namibia had never seen anything like this before.

Over 100 hippopotamuses have died in Namibia in Bwabwata National Park in the past week, country's environment minister said on Monday. "Our veterinary services are now working at the area to determine the cause of death ... but the signs so far show that it could be anthrax", Namibia's environment minister says, per the Guardian.

Anthrax is a deadly bacterial disease which is known to kill game, cattle, and sometimes humans. "It happened in Zambia before and it mainly occurrs when the level of the river is so low".

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Over the years, on numerous occasions, the state government has extended a helping hand to families of those who died working here.

"We are trying our best to burn every carcass to prevent further spreading of the disease, but also to ensure that no person gets to these animals and starts feeding on the meet", Sikopo says.

There were an estimated 1,300 hippos in Namibia before the latest deaths, so this means a significant proportion of them are affected.

Namibian officials believe the sudden deaths may have been caused by anthrax outbreak.

"I knew hippos were nasty, but I didn't know they went around eating each other", said anthrax expert Martin Hugh-Jones, a professor emeritus at Louisiana State University. Antibiotics can treat the Anthrax but treatment needs to begin soon after infection.

He said the toll could be higher as crocodiles might have eaten some of the carcasses.


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