More Than 100 Hippos Found Dead in Namibia

Page no 1by Lugeretzia Kooper Anthrax kills 109 hippos in Bwabwata

Page no 1by Lugeretzia Kooper Anthrax kills 109 hippos in Bwabwata

Namibia Environmental Minister told AFP new agency that the cause of death is now unknown but anthrax may be to blame.

More than 100 hippos have been found dead at Bwabwata National Park in Namibia.

Agence France-Presse reports that some veterinary experts in the southwestern African country believe the sudden deaths may have been caused by anthrax.

He said crocodiles and vultures are feeding were feeding on the corpses of the hippos, and that local people needed to be aware they should not eat the meat as it may be contaminated with anthrax.

Anthrax, a potentially deadly bacterial disease, is known for killing big game, cattle, and sometimes even humans. 'As we speak, the number of deaths is 109.

The hippos were found dead through the span of seven days, with the initial 10 deaths being accounted for October 1. More than 2,300 reindeer and a 12-year-old child were killed by anthrax during a heatwave in Siberia in August 2016, while anthrax claimed an estimated 300 hippos in Uganda in 2004.

"The widespread mortality may be a result of the communal scavenging or "cannibalism" of carcasses of anthrax-killed hippos by other hippos", biosecurity and agriculture analyst Joseph Dudley told the New Scientist at the time.

Kannyinga also said such outbreaks were frequent.

Bacillus anthracis is a unsafe bacterial ailment which is known to kill cows, and once in a while humans. One service official said Namibia had never observed anything like this.

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