Anthrax kills 82 hippos in Uganda

2010-07-29 12:55
Kampala - Ugandan officials say an anthrax outbreak has killed 82 hippos in the last month and a half.

National anthrax task force spokesperson Nicholas Kauta said the outbreak began in Queen Elizabeth National Park in June and has also killed nine buffaloes.

He said on Thursday that no humans are known to have contracted the deadly disease during the outbreak and that tourism has been unaffected.

Anthrax also killed 300 hippos in 2004. Anthrax spores can occur naturally in soil and can remain dormant for years.

Drought, floods or wind expose the spores and they can be ingested when livestock graze close to the ground. Vaccines can protect livestock.

- AP
Read more on:    uganda  |  east africa  |  environment
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and you are in the mood to share and spend an abundant amount of time and energy with someone special. You may...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.