Already the vaccination exercise against the Rift Valley Fever outbreak is underway in Isiolo County targeting 150,000 livestock within the next two weeks.

“Slaughterhouses will remain closed and the ban on livestock trade will also remain until the rift valley fever is eradicated,” Dr. Mohamed Kuti, the County Governor,  .

Currently, the outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever disease has been reported in at least four counties namely Wajir, Isiolo, Meru and Marsabit where it has so far claimed the lives of 26 people and several animals.

This has prompted authorities to implement measures to stop the spread of the disease. In Isiolo County which suspended slaughterhouses operations and trade in livestock last week, the devolved unit has started a vaccination exercise targeting 150,000 livestock.

Dr. Kuti says his County in partnership with Regional Pastoral Livelihood Resilience Project and development partners has availed 100,000 vaccines for areas where livestock have shown symptoms of the deadly disease.

He also opened vaccines storage center, saying that vaccination equipment at the veterinary department would help the fight livestock diseases.

Isiolo County director for veterinary services Dr. Joseph Githinji said no livestock will be slaughtered or traded until the rift valley fever is eradicated. He was warning residents to keep off un-inspected livestock products.

By Malachi Motano

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