West Pokot hit by Foot and Mouth disease

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By KBC Reporter

 

Quarantine has been issued for movement of livestock in West Pokot County after a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Several livestock markets have also been closed down to help contain the spread of the disease known to wipe out herds of livestock.

The Chief Officer in charge of livestock James Akudian the disease was recently reported in animals in Uasin Gishu County and is feared to have spread to West Pokot County.

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He said already samples have been sent for further analysis and to contain the spread of the deadly virus and also rolled out a mass inoculation exercise of livestock.

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He added that they have also mobilized a team of Veterinary experts to monitor the situation.

The most affected area where the cases have been reported is within the Pokot South Sub-County.

Farmers have been urged to be on high alert even as the situation is under surveillance.

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Livestock keeping is the main economic activity practices in West Pokot County.

The officer said the closure of markets and imposing of quarantine will be lifted once the situation is contained and appealed for patience.

Foot-and-mouth disease or hoof-and-mouth disease Aphthae epizooticae is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids.

The virus causes a high fever for approximately two to six days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

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Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has severe implications for animal farming, since it is highly infectious and can be spread by infected animals through aerosols, through contact with contaminated farming equipment, vehicles, clothing, or feed, and by domestic and wild predators.

Susceptible animals include cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs, antelope, deer, and bison.

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