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Farmers counting losses as disease kills goats

News By Mercy Kahenda | 02nd Oct, 2020

Hundreds of livestock have died following a suspected outbreak of Contagious Caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP) in Tiaty Sub-county. 

The outbreak has been reported in parts of Silale, Ribkwo and Loyamorok wards.

Paul Lotudo, a local in Chemolingot, is among livestock farmers who have lost more than 30 goats to the disease.

Symptoms presented, according to the farmer, including breathing difficulties, diarrhoea, and coughing.

“I am worried that the disease may sweep all my stock. Efforts to have them vaccinated has not borne any fruits as they continue to die,” said Lotudo.

He said locals have reached out to livestock officials but they were yet to receive any help. 

The farmer said he was planning to sell the stock to help him raise school fees for his children before the outbreak was reported. A goat in the area sells for between Sh3,000 and Sh9,000 depending on variety and size, but buyers have kept off due to the outbreak.

“We normally depend on the livestock for survival, but this disease has ruined everything for us,” said Lotudo.

CCPP is an infectious bacterial disease that mostly affects goats and causes damage to the lungs. It is spread through the inhalation of airborne droplets whose signs include fever, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and weakness.

Chief Officer for Livestock Winnie Bore said a team of veterinary officers visited affected areas for surveillance and extracted samples for laboratory tests in Nairobi. “Surveillance on the disease is ongoing as we wait for results,” said Bore.

She said the department received information about the outbreak yesterday. There was an outbreak of the disease in Baringo South that has since been contained. After the outbreak, over 5,000 goats were vaccinated.  “Farmers are sensitised on the disease and asked to liaise with veterinary department whenever they suspect a case,” she said.

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