Anthrax detected in Botswana after death of hippos


Picture taken on August 16, 2015 showing a hippopotamus at the Autosafari Chapin open zoological park in the Guanagazapa municipality, Escuintla departament, 87 km south of Guatemala City.

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.

READ: Charges withdrawn against Sanral bomb, anthrax suspect

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.