Busia battles to ward off foot-and-mouth disease
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.