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County on high alert after suspected anthrax outbreak

By Phares Mutembei

Livestock farmers in Imenti are living in fear following a suspected outbreak of anthrax.

Douglas Murugu and other farmers in Abothuguchi West said two cows died on Sunday at Karugwa area after they developed symptoms of the deadly disease.

“They started oozing blood from their mouths and all other openings. We suspect it is anthrax, especially because a local vet said so. These areas are inhabited by people who depend on livestock so we fear we could lose more animals,” said Mr Murugu yesterday.

More animals were reportedly also exhibiting symptoms of the disease at Muthingiki in Central Imenti.

Abothuguchi West MCA Patrick Muthuri asked the livestock department in the area to respond promptly to curb the spread of the disease.

“Farmers in Abothuguchi West and surrounding areas are mainly in dairy farming. Their livelihoods are at risk if the spread of anthrax is not checked. They need an emergency vaccination for their herds since many are not in a position to meet vaccination costs at such a short notice,” said Mr Muthuri.

The ward rep advised farmers not to move their animals around to avoid them getting into contact with others that might already be infected.

Dr Julius Kinyua, a veterinary officer, said plans were underway to vaccinate the animals.

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