Kenya, Uganda to launch joint vaccination exercise

Kenya and Uganda are set to roll out a joint livestock vaccination exercise along the common border in a bid to establish a disease free zone.

West Pokot Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo says the exercise is as a result of reported cases of foot and mouth disease in the region and efforts to make the area attractive for trade in livestock products.

Foot-and-mouth is an infectious and sometimes fatal disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals and has raised worry among communities living along the Kenya-Uganda border.

The virus which causes a high fever for approximately two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet of the affected animal is highly infectious and can be spread by infected animals.

It can only be controlled through vaccination, strict monitoring, quarantines and occasionally the culling of animals.

The joint vaccination exercise by West Pokot County government and Amudat district in Uganda will target over sixty thousand head of livestock.

Lack of designated livestock disease free zones in East Africa has had a serious impact on trade in livestock products since any outbreak causes disruption in the marketing of livestock products.

A prolonged drought in Kenya saw many livestock cross into Uganda in search of pasture and water hence the need to vaccinate and prevent the spread of disease across the common border.

The leaders urged the departments of livestock and trade in both countries source for markets for livestock products.



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