"Our veterinary services are now working at the area to determine the cause of death".
"Over 100 hippos died in the past week".
Human cases of anthrax are also common in Africa, which has the ideal climate for the disease; approximately 2,000 people are affected by anthrax each year in Africa alone. Mr Kannyinga said anthrax outbreaks are not uncommon, and happen when the water levels become low in the Kavango River. More than 2,300 reindeer and a 12-year-old child were killed by anthrax during a heatwave in Siberia in August 2016, while anthrax claimed an estimated 300 hippos in Uganda in 2004. We suspect an anthrax outbreak, but our veterinary team is still to confirm that, " he said.
Namibia's environment ministry said the first dead hippo was spotted on 1 October but dozens of deaths quickly followed.
Such outbreaks are common in the region, added the official but insisted the disease is unlikely to spread further since the hippos lived in a remote part of the park.
He also said they are now monitoring the situation, and that the dead hippos are yet to be disposed of. Infected anthrax spores have also been used by bioterrorists in the recent past. One service official said Namibia had never observed anything like this. Anthrax is most basic in agrarian areas of Central and South America, Africa, focal and southwestern Asia, southern and Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. "We are trying our best to burn every carcass to prevent further spreading of the disease, but also to ensure that no person gets to these animals and starts feeding on the meat".