Cases of Anthrax spoted, County steps in to vaccinate

Cases of Anthrax spoted, County steps in to vaccinate

With confirmed cases of Anthrax in Turbo and Soy, the County Department of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries have swang into action to vaccinate all the cattle in these areas.

This comes after the killer disease killed a number of animals in these affected areas.

CEC Samwel Yego accompanied by Livestock Chief Officer Dr. Victoria Tarus and Verterinary Director Dr. Philip Biama visited a farmer in Rimoi- Soy Ward, where a sample drawn from his dead cow resulted positive of the disease.

According to the departmental heads, farmers should immediately take their cows for vaccination as the disease kills immediately.

The disease which kills all warm blooded animals except birds is symptomised by swelling in the neck, blood oozing from the nose and mouth and bloating in the dead animals.

On handling the dead animal in case of an attack, Dr. Biama noted that they should exercise caution as a poor handling may lead to death. The dead animals should be burnt to ashes on close supervision of a livestock or verterinary officer.

However, the department heads cautioned the farmers on feeding their cows on certain plants which includes grass with excess urea and pigweed _Amaranthus retroflexus.

Farmers have been called to take their animals for vaccination now as the disease is prone due to the wet weather.

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