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15 December 2011

Biological Hazard in Zambia on Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 at 14:36 (02:36 PM) UTC.

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Anthrax has broken out in Luangwa district with the lower Zambezi national park being the hardest hit. Many animals especially Hippos have already died. Luangwa acting district commissioner Musole Siachisa has appealed to people in the district not to eat and touch carcasses found floating in the river. Mr Siachisa also appealed to members of the public not to buy Hippo meat from traders crossing the borders from neighbouring countries. He says there is need for members of the public to cooperate with medical personnel and government to ensure that the disease is brought under control. Anthrax is an infectious disease that affects humans and animals. Infection in humans most often involves the skin, stomach, intestines, or lungs.