Governor Kirinyaga Joseph Ndathi speaking yesterday during a tour of development projects at Makutano in Mwea West Sub County, Ndathi said the veterinary department was working with the Association of veterinary doctors of Mt Kenya to contain the situation.
He said the two have already planned a crash programme to undertake the vaccination exercise in the entire county.
Ndathi urged all the farmers to avail their animals for the vaccination and ensure the killer disease in managed at an early stage thus avoid the loss of the animals.
“We want the information to reach to every farmer and in turn to bring out their animals in the vaccination centers close to their area” he said.
He said chiefs and the ward administrators have been instructed to ensure that farmers have to comply if the outbreak is to be contained.
The risk has been aggravated by the ongoing inter-trade activities between the County and Nyeri where the disease has already been reported, according to the area Director of Veterinary Services, Dr.Richard Gichangi.
Gichangi said the problem has been worsened by some butchers who are capitalizing on the available cheap animals from Nyeri and Laikipia which herders are disposing off at a throw away price due to the prevailing draught.
He said it was impossible to control movement of animals from the affected areas to the county since traders are using all sorts of tricks to bring in the animals and slaughter them for sale.
‘’There is a serious crisis posed by the outbreak of this diseases after herders moved their animals from the draught stricken areas of Samburu and Isiolo to Nyeri and Laikipia in search of pastures,’’ he said.
Gichangi said the quadvalent vaccine to be administered controls all the four known types of viruses which cause the disease to the animals.