Department of Animal health and livestock has warned communities in eastern region of Malawi to stop poaching and consuming bush meet as Anthrax disease has killed 33 hippos at Liwonde National park.

Briefing Mangochi district executive committee on the outbreak, Dr Joseph Nkhoma Animal health officer said the disease which is caused by bacteria affects people when they consume animal meet attacked by Anthrax.

Nkhoma said they are getting reports of an influx of hippo and bush meet in the districts of the region.

“Malawians should desist from touching any dead animal which has not been slaughtered,” Nkhoma advised

Commenting, Mangochi district commissioner Mosses Chimphepo said the council is keen to support the ministry in sensitization campaign for people in Malombe area which is close to Liwonde Nationl Park.

Meanwhile, Minister of health Atupele Muluzi said the deadly disease is new in Malawi.

Muluzi said Malawians should not be frightened since the disease can be cured, prevented and controlled.