State on high alert to pre­vent rinder­pest from en­ter­ing Kenya from Tan­za­nia

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The gov­ern­ment is on high alert fol­low­ing the out­break of rinder­pest dis­ease in Tan­za­nia, Agri­cul­ture CS Willy Bett said yes­ter­day.

The dis­ease is highly con­ta­gious and deadly. It af­flicts cat­tle and other cloven-hoofed an­i­mals,

Bett said vet­eri­nar­i­ans have been sta­tioned along the bor­der to mon­i­tor an­i­mal move­ment and the dis­ease. He spoke on the side­lines of the sec­ond in­ter­gov­ern- men­tal fo­rum on the agri­cul­ture sec­tor at the White Sands Ho­tel, Mom­basa.

The prob­lem was raised by Tana River Gov­er­nor Hussein Dado, who asked the na­tional gov­ern­ment to ex­plain the mea­sures it is tak­ing to pre­vent the dis­ease from en­ter­ing Kenya.

Dado said the dis­ease might gain en­try through the mi­gra­tion of wild an­i­mals. He said the World Bank was help­ing with a vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme.

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