The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) says it has managed to contain the anthrax outbreak in the Zambezi Valley which claimed six elephants, three buffaloes, a lion and an impala.

Zimparks, which has been working together with other private stakeholders following the outbreak of anthrax in Zambezi Valley, confirmed that the infectious disease has now been brought under control.

Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo said the authority is pleased to have contained the disease, adding that measures are being put in place to strengthen surveillance mechanisms.

“We can confirm that we have managed to contain the anthrax disease in the Zambezi Valley thanks to efforts by our officers and support from private stakeholders.” said Mr Tinashe Farawo.

The disease killed a number of hippos in Binga last year.

Anthrax is usually transmitted by feed and water contaminated with spores, which can lie dormant in the soil for many years.

The primary sign of anthrax in grazing animals is sudden death, often with bloody discharges.