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Virus Kills 30 Kruger Hippos

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Thirty hippos have been killed by a bacterial virus in the Kruger National Park (KNP), the SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday.

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Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 4:15 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 4:44 am
I hope they can stop the virus.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 10:02 am
Sadly noted.

Michael M (60)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 10:03 am
Anthrax is a bacterium, and not a virus.

Anthrax is serious because of the highmortality rate, and seems to exist worldwide.
Grazers like Hippos ingest the spores, which can live for 3/4 of a century, so even burial sites remain contagious for that long.
Although I seem to remember that ultraviolet can disinfect - kill spores, don't take my word for it. Thespores exist to protect the bacteria from oxygen. Since the disease is nearly always fatal in its 3 forms (skin,inhalation/pulmonary, ingestion/gastrointestinal), it's good to know exactly where an animal dead from this disease is.
Most anthrax cases seem to be in SouthAsia, related to sheep and goat herds.

David C (129)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 5:07 pm
how sad......

michelle t (41)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 5:16 pm
This is not good news

Vicky P (476)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 5:21 pm
sad :/

Stella Gamboni (17)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 5:55 pm
This sounds like an isolated outbreak rather than an epidemic.

Robert O (12)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 6:51 pm

Veronique L (209)
Friday November 9, 2012, 2:25 am
Terrible news...

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday November 9, 2012, 4:35 am

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Friday November 9, 2012, 9:21 am
Noted! And very heartbreaking. I certainly hope they find out what is wrong and eradicate it along with the poachers!

Arthur S (88)
Friday November 9, 2012, 8:15 pm
so sad
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