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Giraffe covered with bark-like bumps is not from Kenya – KWS

The Kenya Worldlife Service (KWS) has said that a photo of a giraffe infected with Papilloma Virus doing rounds on social media, does not originate from Kenya.

The wildlife conservation organization has clarified that the giraffe is from Kruger National Park in South Africa.

A giraffe with Papilloma Virus in Kruger National Park South Africa.
| Source: Kenya Worldlife Service |

Papilloma Virus affects cattle and it causes big irritable lesions. Though the virus is not fatal, when the lesions are scratched they can cause wounds and infections.

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Giraffes get the virus from the Oxpecker bird which feeds on ticks on their skin. The virus can be spread from one animal to another.

Papilloma virus can also be found on humans, rabbits, and chimpanzees.

A giraffe with Papilloma Virus in Kruger National Park South Africa.
| Source: Kenya Worldlife Service |
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