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Namibia: Suspected Anthrax Kills Hippos

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    Posted: October 09 2017 at 6:28am
It's only killed hippos so far, but is potentially fatal to humans.  Anthrax is unconfirmed yet.

Suspected anthrax outbreak kills 107 hippos

File photo shows a hippo in the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, May 4, 2016. (Xinhua/Wu Changwei)

WINDHOEK, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- A suspected anthrax outbreak has killed 107 hippos in one of Namibia's biggest game parks in the Zambezi region in Namibia in just one week.

The park's deputy director Apollinaris Kannyinga confirmed the deaths Sunday at Bwabwata National Park.

Kannyinga said the first 10 deaths were reported on Oct. 1 but had risen by the end of the week.

"We suspect an anthrax outbreak, but our veterinary is still yet to confirm that,'' Kannyinga said.

He also said that this was the first time such a deadly outbreak has hit Namibia. Before the outbreak, Namibia had an estimated 1,300 hippos.


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