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Anthrax Outbreak In Uganda

06 August 2010

UGANDA - The State Department of Veterinary Medecine in Uganda has reported an outbreak of anthrax in wild buffalo.

Mr William Olaho-Mukani, Head of the Ministry of Agriculture said that wild buffalo were susceptible to the disease, in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This is the first case of anthrax in Uganda since 2005. Anthrax outbreaks within Queen Elizabeth National Park normally occur during the dry season when pastures are scarce.

The source of the outbreak is unknown. So far, the disease has been reported in wild animals only. To date, 92 hippopotamuses and nine buffalo have been reported dead.

Currently massive sensitisation of the public has been undertaken. The dead animals are being buried in a 3-meter-deep pit, and a surveillance programme has been instituted in and around the park. Monitoring of the disease in domestic animals around the affected areas is on-going.

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