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Posted: October 11, 2017

Anthrax outbreak kills more than 100 hippos

Anthrax Outbreak Kills More Than 100 Hippos

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By Ryan DiPentima, Palm Beach Post

An anthrax outbreak is believed to have killed more than 100 hippos in a national park in Africa.

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In the span of a week, at least 109 hippos at the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia, Africa, have died from a suspected outbreak of the infectious disease, according to the Namibian.

Officials say that the outbreaks have become frequent, with a similar case happening in Tanzania.

“We even saw the one in Tanzania, so as much as the numbers seem to be high, the hippo population usually recovers,” Apollinaris Kannyinga, parks deputy director of the northeast regions, told the Namibian.

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He also said that the dead hippos have yet to be removed from the scene, and that crocodile and vultures were feeding on the animals. He added that the community will be informed to not attempt to consume the meat of the hippos.

Anthrax can be found naturally in the soil and is common in agricultural regions of Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, central and southwestern Asia, southern and eastern Europe, and the Caribbean, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

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