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Vaccine shortage hits Naivasha midst foot and mouth disease outbreak

30 October 2014, 23:10 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - A vaccine shortage has hit Naivasha sub-county a week after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was reported in the area.

The move has affected tens of livestock farmers with fears emerging that the outbreak could spread further.

Incidentally, Mai Mahiu area within the sub-county has also reported an outbreak of Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCP) and the affected farmers are also waiting for vaccines.

One of the affected farmers Samson Kirusu said that they had visited the veterinary office and informed that the vaccines had not yet arrived.

He expressed his concern that the delay noting that this could cause the diseases to spread further and affect more livestock in the area.

“Currently we have pastoralists who have driven their animals into this sub-county and they might end up picking the diseases and spreading them further,” he said.

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Though the Naivasha sub county Veterinary Officer Dr. Enos Amuyunzi denied a vaccine crisis, he confirmed the outbreak of the two diseases but was quick to assure farmers that the situation was under control.

“The sub-county has slapped quarantine due to the disease outbreaks and the vaccines have already been procured by the county government,” he said.

The veterinarian called on farmers in the sub-county to liaise with his office over the emergence of any cases disease outbreak in their areas.

"We are planning to vaccinate over 50,000 livestock in the sub-county in the coming days and the quarantine should be respected," he said.

Contacted on phone, Nakuru county executive officer for agriculture Dr Stanley Chepkwony down played the crisis saying that the vaccines would be
supplied soon.

Chepkwony said that the county chief finance officer had approved the procurement of the vaccines and assured farmers that they would be delivered in time.

“I want to assure affected farmers mainly in Naivasha that we shall vaccinate all the livestock in the area so as to address these diseases,” he said.

The executive officer announced plans to raise the number of vaccinated livestock in the county noting that currently a partial 20 percent of livestock in the county were vaccinated.

“We are working with private veterinarians to increase the number of vaccinated livestock to 80 percent by the end of this year,” he said.

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