Namibia confirms anthrax outbreak in death of hippopotami, buffalo

Over 100 hippos 'killed by anthrax'

Crocodiles and vultures are feeding on the bodies

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. Namibia's condition serve Pohamba Shifeta told news office AFP that the nation's veterinary administrations were taking a shot at building up the correct reason. Furthermore, he warned that the number could rise if the crocodiles at the bodies of the hippos that died from the poison. "Eating meat of these animals will be very risky as anthrax is suspected to be causing the mortalities", said Moatshe.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease commonly associated with dry climates like the African savannah, where it kills cattle and occasionally humans.

The hippo population in Namibia was estimated at 1 300 before the latest deaths. According to wildlife officials at the park, anthrax outbreaks can occur when water levels are so low.

If confirmed, the anthrax outbreak wouldn't be the first, or even the worst, in recent years.

The minister added that he would be alarmed if there were any further hippo deaths at the national park, which is one of the country's foremost tourist attractions.

Bacillus anthracis is a risky bacterial ailment which is known to kill cows, and once in a while humans. Human deaths from anthrax in the US are extremely rare.

"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. "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 meat".

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