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Namibia: More than 100 hippos die in suspected anthrax outbreak

Namibia: More than 100 hippos die in suspected anthrax outbreak”

Rangers from Bwabwata National Park say more than 100 have died since last Sunday, many pictured with legs in the air as they lay bloated in the water. The incident happened at Bwabwata National Park, which is one of Namibia's biggest game parks in the Zambezi region.

Over 100 hippos were killed from a suspected anthrax outbreak in Namibia, New China reported Monday. The hippos died over the course of a week, with the first 10 deaths being reported October 1.

He also said that this was the first time such a deadly outbreak has hit Namibia. "Once we have the results of the cause of death than we can decide on the way forward", Shifeta said.

"This is a situation that we have seen before", he said, explaining outbreaks like this "mainly occurs when the level of the river is so low".

Colgar Sikopo, director of parks and wildlife management at Namibia's Ministry for the Environment and Tourism, told the New Era newspaper previous outbreaks in Namibia had only killed a couple of hippos and elephants.

He also said they are now monitoring the situation, and that the dead hippos are yet to be disposed of.

Anthrax is a bacteria disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, transmitted through spores which can lie in the soil for years. "In the United States, yearly vaccination of livestock is recommended in areas where animals have had anthrax in the past".

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