The Department of Agriculture Livestock Development and Fisheries on Wednesday dispatched a team of veterinary officers to Chagaiya, a site where six dogs and a lamb allegedly died due to a suspected case of rabies.
Speaking in his office, Director Veterinary service Dr. Philip Biama ruled out the outbreak of rabies confirming that the dogs died due to canine distemper, a viral disease which is species-specific while the death of the lamb was due to heavy infestation of migrating larvae of flukes.
Biama said that the animals affected with rabies have a sign of biting or snap at imaginary objects. He further added that the animal seems to have no fear of humans.
He called on the residents of Chagaiya to take their animals for vaccination on Thursday where cows will be vaccinated against lumpy skin disease while dogs against rabies.
” We will continue training our farmers on best methods and drugs to control flukes so that we can prevent heavy infestation of migrating larvae of flukes especially those living around the swampy areas,” said Dr Biama.