Man­dera live­stock to be vac­ci­nated against foot-and-mouth, pneu­mo­nia

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Man­dera has teamed up with World Bank to vac­ci­nate 700,000 live­stock against foot-and-mouth and pneu­mo­nia. The dis­eases are usu­ally spread dur­ing the dry sea­son due to move­ment of an­i­mals from one re­gion to another. The re­gion is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a dry spell that has lasted well over six months. Teams of eight peo­ple will be re­cruited to vac­ci­nate at least 3,000 an­i­mals per day in each sub­county. “The an­i­mals will be vac­ci­nated es­pe­cially along ma­jor live­stock cor­ri­dors to re­duce deaths and losses faced dur­ing the dry,” Gov­er­nor Ali Roba said. The project was launched last year in Wa­jir, Marsabit and Turkana coun­ties. Fif­teen coun­ties in arid and semi-arid ar­eas have vac­ci­na­tion regimes. The ASALs are home to about 10 mil­lion Kenyans who own ap­prox­i­mately 80 per cent of the coun­try’s live­stock pop­u­la­tion.

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