Botswana probes death of hippos over anthrax suspicion

October 11, 2017 10:57 AM

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Botswana probes death of hippos over anthrax suspicion

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

GABORONE, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The ministry of environment, wildlife and tourism in Botswana is investigating the death of some hippos, which were recently seen floating in the Okavango River, according to a senior official of the ministry.

The authorities believe that the hippos' death could be linked with more than 100 hippos recently found dead in a Namibia national park.

The animals died in the remote Bwabwata National park in the north eastern part of Namibia last week and are suspected to have perished due to an anthrax outbreak.

According to Comfort Nkgowe, senior official from the ministry of environment, wildlife and tourism in Botswana, the authorities have joined hands with their Namibian counterparts and investigations are at an advanced stage to establish the exact cause of the deaths.

He cautioned communities to refrain from not only eating but also touching the carcasses since anthrax is a deadly bacterial disease which is known to kill game, cattle and humans.

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Source: news.xinhuanet.com

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