16 October 2013

Kenya: Foot-and-Mouth Disease Breaks Out in Naivasha

The production of milk in Naivasha has dropped significantly following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The disease has affected hundreds of livestock in the district with farmers counting losses running into thousand of shillings daily.

Following the outbreak, the department of public health has imposed quarantine in the district to contain the disease. Naivasha district veterinary officer Dr Enos Amuyunzu said the disease was first reported last week.

Amuyunzu said Kongoni, Mai Mahiu and Central divisions have been affected by the outbreak.

He attributed the disease to an influx of pastoralists from neighbouring districts seeking pastures and water for their livestock.

"Samples taken to our laboratories have turned positive and we have written to all neighbouring districts and banned the movement of livestock," Amuyunzu said.

Speaking in his office yeseterday, he said no livestock has died. He said they will soon roll out a vaccination programme.

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