Anthrax: Hippo carcasses from Namibia posing health hazard in Botswana
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - Authorities in Botswana warned on Wednesday that scores of carcasses of dead hippos suspected to have succumbed to an outbreak in neighbouring Namibia are posing a health hazard in areas along the Okavango River after floating into the country through the river.
The river, which flows in the northern part of the country, is shared between Botswana, Namibia and Angola.
Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism spokesperson Daniel Moatshe said in an interview that veterinarians have confirmed the cause of death of the hippopotamus floating in the Okavango River from Namibia as anthrax.
“The Public is warned not to touch any carcass found along the river or anywhere else. Eating meat of these animals will be very dangerous as anthrax is suspected to be causing the mortalities,” said Moatshe.
He said all dead animal sightings should be reported to the nearest Department of Wildlife and National Parks office, police station or veterinary office.
Reports indicate that dozens of the lifeless hippos were seen at the Bwabwata National Park in the north-east of the country.