10 January 2014

Kenya: Foot and Mouth Disease in Elgeyo Marakwet

An outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease has been reported in Elgeyo Marakwet county. The outbreak has affected more than 100 livestock. Two animals have reportedly died.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday at his office, County Director of veterinary services Dr Stephen Chumba said several animal selling yards have been closed.

"We as the ministry of livestock have been forced to shut down several livestock yards in Kapchemutwa division to prevent people from buying sick animals," Chumba said. He said the ministry is planning to vaccinate all livestock in kapchemutwa division and Sergoit location.

Residents have been warned against drinking milk and eating meat. They have also been urged to isolate the sick animals from the health ones to avoid spread of the deasease. Chumba said the disease was last month reported in parts of Uain Gishu county.

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