Deadly Virus Among ELEPHANTS Could Jump to Humans, Experts Fear

Deadly Virus Among ELEPHANTS Could Jump to Humans, Experts Fear

Deadly Virus Among ELEPHANTS Could Jump to Humans, Experts Fear
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

Wildlife experts are now investigating the mysterious disease that killed about 400 elephants in Botswana. They feared it could also “cross over into people.”

According to the report, researchers believe it is from an unknown pathogen, a novel elephant virus, that caused the mass deaths.

Researchers observed elephants seemed confused and wandering around circles. Moments later, they will fall unto their faces before dying.

Further, reports say elephants of all ages and both sexes died from the unknown disease. The government expects more elephants will die in the next few weeks as many were already reported weak.

There has been no drought in Okavango Delta. Poaching and anthrax are also ruled out as potential causes of death. They are still studying if poisons like cyanide might have been the cause.

Meanwhile, experts fear that the unidentified pathogen could spread to humans.

Dr. Niall McCann, Director of National Park Rescue, said the whole environment needed to be sampled. Parts of the elephant carcasses were sent to Zimbabwe to learn more about the cause of deaths.

The first unusual deaths were reported in May when 169 elephants died in Botswana. The numbers doubled by June, with deaths occurring around waterholes.

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Deadly Virus Among ELEPHANTS Could Jump to Humans, Experts Fear
Photo: The Daily Mail UK