Kisii County Government is set to embark on the second round of vaccination of animals against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

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The County Executive Committee (CeC) member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development Esman Onsarigo said the exercise will fully contain the disease which was reported in Nyaribari Chache and Nyaribari Masaba sub-counties.

Addressing farmers at the Kisii Agriculture Training Centre, the CEC further regretted that there is an outbreak in the neighbouring Migori and Narok counties adding that the quarantine notice issued by his office two months ago in the two sub-counties is still active.

“Several confirmed cases of FMD affecting cattle have been reported in some parts of the county. To minimize further spread of this highly infectious and notifiable disease, I hereby order the immediate closure of all livestock markets in the two sub-counties until the spread is fully contained,” read part of the notice.

“All cattle, sheep and goats in the areas shall be herded as far as possible from any public road and no movement of animals will be permitted without a valid movement permit. We need to contain the trans-boarder disease. Isolation and quarantine will greatly help protect residents and animals. I appeal to farmers to entirely comply though I am aware that the quarantine has negatively affected livestock traders," said Onsarigo. 

Onsarigo who was accompanied by the Chief Officer in charge of Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary services Dr Alphanus Mokaya indicated that the county government undertook vaccination exercise in the Narok- Kisii, Migori-Kisii and Homabay- Kisii border as part of preventive measures against the viral disease.