19 June 2018

Tanzania: Public Alerted On RVF Outbreak

LIVESTOCK and Fisheries Ministry has instructed district, municipal and city councils to raise public awareness on the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF), which has been reported in Kenya and Rwanda.

The Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Dr Mary Mashingo said that the Kenyan authority, OIE, World Health Organisation (WHO) have recently reported the RVF outbreak in Northern Kenya and Eastern part of Rwanda.

However, the PS assured the public that so far Tanzania remains safe and ordered all livestock departments in the district, municipal and city councils to take precautions on the threat.

"Councils should start informing the public on the symptoms of the disease and how to protect animals and human being from infections," PS directed, urging members of the public to immediately report to the authority whenever they see something unusual, which may be RVF symptoms.

RVF is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and blood feeding flies that usually affect animals, commonly cattle and sheep but can also involve humans. In humans, the disease ranges from a mild flu-like illness to severe haemorrhagic fever that can be lethal.

When livestock are infected the disease can cause significant economic losses due to high mortality rate in young animals and waves of abortions in pregnant females.

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