Anthrax outbreak hits national park in Zimbabwe

More than 165 animals are believed to have recently died in an ongoing anthrax outbreak in a Zimbabwe national park.

Caroline Washaya-Moyo, a public relations manager for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said that dozens of elephants, buffaloes and hippos have died in the Mana Pools National Park, according to

"Our Chinhoyi office has since confirmed the anthrax outbreak following the death of the animals in Mana Pools,” Washaya-Moyo said, reports. "The Authority engaged the Vet Offices who later collected samples from hippos for lab testing. The lab test confirmed that 88 hippopotamus died of anthrax."

Washaya-Moyo said that the situation was now under control, but also expressed concern that the outbreak might have spread to other areas of the protected reserve, which lies around the lower Zambezi River, according to

Dr. Chris Foggin, a veterinary officer in the Department of Veterinary Services (Wildlife), confirmed the outbreak and detailed some of the measures that are being taken.

"A number of animals have died, but we have visited the area and we sealed it off and we are burning the carcasses to prevent any further spread, an action well considered now that the lab reports confirmed anthrax as the culprit," Dr Foggin said, reports.