The Kisii County Government will embark on a second round of vaccination of animals against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
The County Executive Committee (CEC) member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development Esman Onsarigo said the exercise is tailored to contain the disease, which was reported in Nyaribari Chache and Nyaribari Masaba sub-counties.
In a communique to media houses, the CEC further regretted that there is an outbreak in the neighbouring Migori and Narok counties adding that the quarantine notice issued by his office is still in place.
“Several confirmed cases of FMD affecting cattle have been reported in some parts of the county. So as to minimize further spread of this highly infectious and notifiable disease, I hereby order the immediate closure of all livestock markets in the two sub-counties until the spread is fully contained,” read part of the notice.
The CEC ordered that no trade in cattle shall take place in the affected sub counties. “All cattle, sheep and goats in the areas shall be herded as far as possible from any public road and no movement of animals will be permitted without a valid movement permit.”
“We need to contain the trans-border disease. Isolation and quarantine will greatly help protect residents and the animals. I appeal to farmers to entirely comply though I am aware that the quarantine has negatively affected livestock traders,” said Onsarigo.
He indicated that the county government undertook vaccination exercise in the Narok- Kisii, Migori-Kisii and Homabay- Kisii border as part of preventive measures against the viral disease.
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