Botswana finds an­thrax out­break af­ter spate of hippo deaths

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GABORONE — An­thrax has been de­tected in dead hip­pos float­ing in the Oka­vango River, of­fi­cials in Botswana said on Wed­nes­day, af­ter more than 100 of the an­i­mals were sus­pected to have been killed by the dis­ease in neighbouring Namibia.

Botswana’s Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion and Tourism ad­vised peo­ple not to touch the dead hip­pos and to re­port any sight­ings of hippo car­casses.

The Oka­vango Delta is a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion in south­ern Africa, sup­port­ing a di­verse range of wildlife.

Namib­ian me­dia re­ported on Mon­day that more than 100 hip­pos had died in the re­mote Bwab­wata Na­tional Park, in the north­east­ern part of the coun­try, with an­thrax the sus­pected cause.

The Oka­vango River flows through Namibia be­fore en­ter­ing Botswana. Tourism is im­por­tant for the economies of both coun­tries. — AFP

Joseph Ka­bila

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