Botswana awaits test results to determine elephant deaths

Following the mysterious deaths of elephants in the Okavango village of Seronga, local test results and others from Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States will help the government ascertain the cause of deaths.

Locally, bacterial detection and toxicology test results have since been received. While histopathology results will be received on July 20, 2020. Bacterial detection and histopathology results have however been received from Zimbabwe. South Africa is still to submit its toxicology and virus detection results, but it has submitted the histopathology results.

Looking abroad, virus detection samples were only shipped to the United Kingdom on Friday. On the other hand, the United States submitted its toxicology results on Friday.

Since most results are in, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism will interpret results against field data and clinical information gathered so far before finally sharing findings revealing the cause of the of 350 elephants with the public.