10 buffaloes dead following anthrax outbreak at Lake Nakuru National Park


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File photo of a buffalo at Lake Nakuru National Park.

In Summary

  • Confirming the deaths, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesperson Paul Gathitu said officers are presently on the ground in a bid to control the situation.
  • KWS, however, blamed the outbreak on prolonged dry and hot conditions saying the first incident was reported on March 29, 2019.
  • The reports come a day after more than 22 people from Molo were admitted at Nyayo Hospital in Elburgon amidst fears that they may have contracted anthrax after consuming milk from a sick cow.

Ten buffaloes were on Sunday reported dead following a suspected anthrax outbreak at Lake Nakuru National Park.

Confirming the incident, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesperson Paul Gathitu said officers are presently on the ground in a bid to control the situation.

“We have taken surveillance action and everything now is under control as our veterinary doctors are on the ground vaccinating the buffaloes and monitoring the situation,” Mr. Githitu told Nation.

KWS, however, blamed the outbreak on prolonged dry and hot weather conditions saying the first incident was reported on March 29, 2019.

“During such prolonged drought, the disease tend to manifest itself very fast and this is one of the reason we suspect is the cause of the disease,” Mr. Gathitu added.

The reports come a day after more than 22 people from Tegat Village in Molo were admitted at Nyayo Hospital in Elburgon amidst fears that they may have contracted anthrax after consuming milk from a sick cow.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Emily Sang – the Nyumba Kumi Chairperson of the area – said the 22 included the owner of the cow, his wife and two children.

Elburgon assistant commissioner Naftali Korir later said 18 people were treated and discharged.

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