Makueni Bans cattle movement over lumpy skin outbreak

A past photo of a cows in a market. Makueni county has stopped the movement of cows in and out of the county so as to stop spread of lumpy skin disease. (Photo - Courtesy)

Makueni County Government has banned the movement of cattle in and out of the County following an outbreak of the cattle lumpy skin disease and the foot and mouth disease.

According to Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Development CECM Robert Kisyula farmers should ensure their cattle herds do not mix so as to stop the spread of the disease.

The CECM further cautioned that any trader or farmer who does not adhere to the ban will have action taken against them.

“According to the law, it is wrong for a person to take part in the business of cattle when there is a quarantine. Farmers, brokers and businessmen should keep off this business for now when we have the quarantine.” Kisyula said.

Further, the Agriculture CECM assured that meat inspectors are on high alert to ensure no cow or goat is slaughtered when it is sick. He, however, noted that lumpy skin disease cannot be transmitted from animals to humans.

In January, lumpy skin disease was reported in parts of Kitui County such as Ikutha, Mutha and Mwingi areas bordering Tana-River County. The disease could have been transmitted to the neighbouring Makueni County.

According to Dairy Networks, Lumpy skin disease is an infectious, eruptive, occasionally fatal disease of cattle characterized by nodules on the skin and other parts of the body.

The disease can be stopped from spreading by quarantining affected cows which are later vaccinated. Antibiotics are also administered to control secondary infections.

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