Busia County Livestock quarantined to curb foot and mouth disease

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A quarantine has been imposed on livestock in Busia County to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease in Teso South, Teso North, Nambale, Butula, Matayos, Samia and Bunyala Sub Counties.
In a letter dated September 13, 2017 signed by County Director Veterinary Services Dr Alan Ogendo and copied to all Sub county veterinary officers among others, the County Government called on Livestock farmers to adhere to the order.
The order bars the movement of cattle, pigs, goats and sheep plus their products without the written permission of the Director of Veterinary Services or veterinary officer or inspector in charge of the area.
The letter said all livestock markets and slaughter houses within Busia County shall remain closed and carcasses of animals dying from the disease shall be buried or burnt.
County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal resources Dr Moses Osia said the quarantine order was reached after a meeting with veterinary officers in Busia on Wednesday.
Dr Osia said the declaration of the quarantine was reached after samples sent to the National Laboratories in Kabete Nairobi tested positive of the Foot and Mouth Disease.
” The last time Foot and Mouth Disease was reported in some parts of the County was in July 2015. Lumpy Skin Disease was reported in Teso South but we managed to contain it through animal vaccination.
Last year we vaccinated 100,000 animals in the county-wide exercise launched by the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong. The same exercise is on-going this year to ensure all animals have been vaccinated,” he said.
Dr Osia appealed to farmers to report any strange symptoms in their animals, liaise with local veterinary officers and to take their animals for vaccination whenever called upon.
Teso South veterinary officer Polycarp Kundembule said all livestock markets in the sub county have been closed until the disease is contained, adding that the area is a disease vulnerable zone since it lies on the Kenya-Uganda border.
Foot and mouth disease is an infectious and fatal viral disease that affects hoofed animals, both domestic and wild.
Its virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.
Photo: Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong vaccinates an animal in 2015 when he launched a campaign to contain Foot and Mouth Disease in Teso South

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