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Anthrax kills two rhinos, 100 buffaloes at Lake Nakuru national park

22 July 2015, 11:42 Jackson Okata

Nairobi - Two rhinos and 100 buffaloes have died from an anthrax outbreak at the lake Nakuru national park .

Nakuru CeC for Agriculture, Stanley Chepkwony claimed that the disease has also affected Rongai, Nakuru West and Nakuru East sub counties following the outbreak.

Chepwkony claimed that they had confirmed the presence of the disease after samples were investigated adding that officers had been dispatched to the affected areas.

He said that the open sewer next to the Lake Nakuru National Park has contributed to this spread among the wild animals and also domestic animals grazing at the park’s border.

Speaking at his office Wednesday, Chepkwony the national park might have been affected because of the dirty water that gets into the lake which feeds the animals.

“There is an open sewer just outside the park and this leads dirty water into the park which might have led to the spread of the disease inside the park,” said Chepkwony.

Lake Nakuru national park senior warden Maureen Musembi said that officials from the veterinary department and doctors from the Kenya wildlife department are already at the park to combat the outbreak

“The outbreak has been confirmed at the park and we have so far lost two rhinos and close to ten buffaloes but our officers are doing all they can to put it under control,” said Musembi.

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