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Busia on High Alert Over Anthrax Outbreak in Kisumu

A Veterinary officer injects an animal against Athrax disease during the exercise at Burumba dispensary in Matayos Sub County on Wednesday.

Busia Veterinary Services Department has embarked on mass vaccination of livestock including cattle, goats and sheep to cushion against recent outbreak of the killer Anthrax disease in the outskirts of Kisumu City that left one person dead.

Speaking while launching the exercise at Burumba Dispensary in Matayos Sub County on Wednesday, County Director Veterinary services Dr Allan Ogendo said anthrax can be very fatal if people eat animals that have died from the disease.

One person who died in Nyamasari area in the outskirts of Kisumu was suspected to have eaten a cow believed to have been infected with anthrax; the symptoms associated with the killer disease includes body weakness and pains, fever and wounds.

“Anthrax is a zoonotic disease that can affect human beings; we are being proactive because we are neighbouring Kisumu, so we never know when it can hit us,” he said.

Dr Ogendo said that their main aim is to be proactive so that they can provide preventive medicine in order to contain outbreaks of such diseases in future.

The Director said that vaccination against anthrax is done at a cost of sh30 per animal, black quarter (Sh30) and Rabies (Sh100) which were highly subsidized by the county government.

He said vaccination will be done in all the seven sub counties in the county.” I urge farmers to visit sub county veterinary offices for more information about various vaccination services.

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