Ban lifted after Rift Valley Fever contained

The ban on movement of livestock imposed to control the deadly Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Magarini and Malindi sub counties has been lifted.

The Department of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries is now calling for vigilance during the forthcoming short rains season.

Speaking to the Press on telephone Monday, Kilifi County Director Veterinary Services Dr Cornelius Malenga said RVF that was first reported on 12 July 2018 is now under control.

The quarantine, in place for one month, enabled vaccination and other preventive measures to contain the spread of the disease, said Dr Malenga.

However, Dr Malenga called on residents to be extra vigilant in the coming months as the disease is linked to rains and floods.

The cause of the outbreak is usually heavy rains, which have resulted in bushes, ponds and lakes where mosquitoes can breed. There’s a type of mosquito which breeds in flooded areas and is the type responsible for incubation and starting of the chain of transmission, said Dr Malenga.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), RVF is a viral disease known to affect domestic animals especially cows, goats and sheep and even humans.

We also urge members of public to sleep under mosquito treated nets and use other vector control methods to keep off the vector, stated Dr. Malenga.

Source: Kenya News Agency