Mysterious disease kills camels in Marsabit

A mysterious disease has reportedly killed an unknown number of camels in Shuur and Bubisa grazing areas of Marsabit County in the past two weeks.

The mysterious disease suspected to have spread from neighbouring county of Wajir has caused anxiety and fear among local pastoralists who solely depend on livestock for a living.

Herders are counting their losses after hundreds of their king of the jungle succumbed to the disease with some households reportedly having lost more than thirty animals to the disease.

County Executive for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development, Dr. Aboran Doke said teams of both experts and veterinary officers have been dispatched to the area to vaccinate the camels and investigate the cause disease.

Dr. Dokhe said the county government has purchased vaccines which have been transported to the affected areas adding that the disease could have likely spread from Wajir through migrating herders.

The county executive added that samples will be sent to University of Nairobi for analysis

According to Dr. Dokhe, the disease was likely to be Trypanosomiasis but more studies will eventually establish its nature.

Area MCA, Pius Yatani described the situation as scaring as more than 500 camels are reported to have died of the disease so far.

Yattani thanked the county government for its quick response to contain the situation which threatens to wipe out the source of livelihood for the residents.

“We are grateful that a team of vets is already on the ground vaccinating the animals”, he said.

The MCA said the department of livestock has so far donated 20 dozens of vaccines to help mitigate the crisis.

Pastoralist Community Initiative and Development Assistance (PACIDA) an NGO operating in Marsabit County programme coordinator, Wario Guyo described the situation as bad, saying the animals were dying in big numbers.

Guyo said the disease is affecting healthy looking animals which suddenly become weak before collapsing.

By Sebastian Miriti

Source: KNA