Siliguri, 23rd February: The consecutive death of 5 rhinos has left the Forest Department of the Jalpapara National Park on high alert. After an intense investigation, the reports revealed that the animals died of a serious infectious disease known as Anthrax.
Anthrax is a severely contagious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world.
The Forest officials have arrayed strict surveillance around the Jaldapara National Park border area so that cattle from the adjoining forests and villages do not enter the park.