Strange livestock disease in Uasin Gishu County

By KBC Reporter

Strange livestock disease has killed about 10 head of cattle in Uasin Gishu County’s Kipsomba location.

Residents are fearing losing more livestock and have appealed to the County government to intervene.

The residents claim that despite the veterinary officers from County offices taking samples for further investigation, no results have been availed to them.

The cattle keepers in Kipsomba fear they could lose their herds to the disease.

According to Joseph Melly Kilelei who has lost seven cows, the disease has rendered him poor and could have a negative bearing on his family income.

This is the fear many more farmers hold as veterinary doctors make sense of the strange disease.

Even as livestock farmers in Kipsomba location of Uasin Gishu County are in panic mode and are crying foul county Kenya is host to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) which works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries.

ILRI also conducts research for better and more sustainable use of livestock resources.

Through the vaccine development unit working in and researchers from the Jenner and Pirbright institutes in the UK, Nairobi’s Strathmore University and institutions in Saudi Arabia and Spain, scientists and technicians in a vaccine biosciences program of the ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya, have published a paper in Nature Scientific Reports announcing a breakthrough in development of a ‘One Health’ vaccine that could protect both people and livestock from Rift Valley fever.


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