Tharaka-Nithi County farmers are county losses after an outbreak of livestock diseases left several dead. 

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The diseases range from anthrax, skin, foot and mouth disease. 

The most affected area are Maara and Chuka which border Mt. Kenya. In addition, other epidemics like rabies, sheep and goat pox as well as Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia have also been reported.

The county in conjunction with Livestock and Fisheries department has launched a vaccination exercise after the outbreak in effort to prevent diseases from spreading as well as further losses from being incurred.

Addressing the press on Thursday, Agriculture CeC  Njagi Njue said that the diseases could be rapidly spread posing a risk to the livestock.

Njue urged residents to desist from consuming either meat or any other products from the infected animals

"People must keep off with totality from consuming any of the products from the sick animals, now that the diseases are highly risky," he stated.

He also cautioned farmers from coming into contact with the carcasses warning that diseases such as anthrax are highly contagious.

The vaccination exercise which has already started will be conducted until March.