Anthrax Outbreak in Ugands Kills 80 Hippos

July 29, 2010

Photo credit: Paul Maritz on fi.wikipedia

Uganda (ChattahBox) – An outbreak of anthrax in Queen Elizabeth National Park has led to the deaths of 80 hippos and nine buffalo, the Telegraph reports.

Authorities at the park say that it is due to wind picking up spores and distributing them across the land where the animals graze, leading to a spread of the disease.

No humans have so far been harmed in the anthrax spread, but 80 hippos have so far died, a huge tragedy for the national park.

The problem could also have been caused by hippos eating the other carcasses of those that have fallen to the outbreak, where they then picked it up themselves, and continued the line along.

This is the second major outbreak of anthrax to kill hippos in Uganda, with 300 dying in 2004.


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