Bu­sia bat­tles to ward off foot-and-mouth dis­ease

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Gai­tano Pessa

Bu­sia County au­thor­i­ties were yes­ter­day rush­ing to stop a pos­si­ble out­break of foot-and-mouth dis­ease af­ter sam­ples col­lected from dead live­stock tested pos­i­tive for the ail­ment.

Yes­ter­day, the county gov­ern­ment quar­an­tined live­stock move­ment in its seven sub coun­ties of Teso South, Teso North, Nam­bale, Bu­tula, Matayos, Samia and Bun­yala.

Yes­ter­day, the county gov­ern­ment quar­an­tined live­stock move­ment in its seven sub coun­ties

It or­dered all han­dlers of cat­tle, pigs, goats and sheep or their prod­ucts to trans­port them only with a writ­ten per­mis­sion from the di­rec­tor of vet­eri­nary ser­vices or vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer or in­spec­tor in charge of their area.

County Di­rec­tor of Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices Alan Ogendo, told all sub-county vet­eri­nary of­fi­cers and live­stock farm­ers to ad­here to the or­der. In his cir­cu­lar to the of­fi­cers on Wed­nes­day, Dr Ogendo also in­di­cated that all live­stock mar­kets and slaugh­ter houses in Bu­sia County will be shut and car­casses of an­i­mals Vac­ci­nat­ing live­stock in Kirinyaga County.

sus­pected to have died from the dis­ease buried or burnt.

County Ex­ec­u­tive for Agri­cul­ture Moses Osia said the quar­an­tine of an­i­mals vac­ci­nated last year in Bu­sia County or­der was reached af­ter sam­ples sent to the na­tional lab­o­ra­to­ries in Ka­bete tested pos­i­tive of the foot-and-mouth dis­ease.

The county had last re­ported the out­break of this dis­ease in July 2015, the same time an­other out­break of lumpy skin dis­ease was re­ported in Teso South.

All of them were con­tained through quar­an­tine and mas­sive vac­ci­na­tion, he said.

“Last year we vac­ci­nated 100,000 an­i­mals in the county-wide ex­er­cise launched by the gover­nor (Sospeter Ojaa­mong). The same ex­er­cise is on­go­ing this year to en­sure all an­i­mals have been vac­ci­nated,” he said.

He urged farm­ers to re­port any strange symp­toms in their an­i­mals and li­aise with lo­cal vet­eri­nary of­fi­cers as well as take their an­i­mals for vac­ci­na­tion when told to do so.

Foot-and-mouth dis­ease is an in­fec­tious and of­ten fa­tal vi­ral dis­ease that af­fects hoofed an­i­mals, both do­mes­tic and wild.

Its virus causes a high fever for two or three days, fol­lowed by blis­ters in­side the mouth and on the feet.

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