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    Anthrax outbreak kills 10 buffaloes at Lake Nakuru National Park
    By Amina Wako April 7th, 2019 1 min read

    Ten buffaloes have died at the Lake Nakuru National Park following an outbreak of anthrax.

    Head of Corporate Communications at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Paul Gathitu, said the first case was reported on March 29.

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

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    4 more buffaloes die at Lake Nakuru National Park following anthrax outbreak
    By Ian Omondi For Citizen Digital
    time updated Published on: April 8, 2019 20:04 (EAT)

    In Summary

    This brings the total number of dead buffaloes in the park to 14 after 10 more were earlier reported to have died following the outbreak.
    Confirming the incident, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesperson Paul Gathitu on Sunday said officers are on the ground in a bid to control the situation.
    KWS, however, blamed the outbreak on prolonged dry and hot weather conditions saying the first incident was reported on March 29, 2019...


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      Information received on 10/04/2019 from Dr Obadiah Nyaga Njagi, Director of Veterinary Services, Directorate of Veterinary Services, State Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, NAIROBI, Kenya
      Report type Immediate notification
      Date of start of the event 29/03/2019
      Date of confirmation of the event 09/04/2019
      Report date 10/04/2019
      Date submitted to OIE 10/04/2019
      Reason for notification Unexpected change in the distribution or increase in morbidity or mortality of a listed disease
      Summary description The disease occurred in Lake Nakuru National Park with a total population of over 4100 Buffaloes
      Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
      Causal agent Bacillus Anthracis
      This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
      Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
      • Spores in the soil
      Epidemiological comments Unusual mortality was reported in Lake Nakuru National Park in buffaloes between 29th March and 7th April 2019. The Park is completely fenced and there is no interaction with livestock.
      Increased Distribution
      Disease Impact
      Increased Province Species Change
      Incidence Nakuru African buffalo (Cape buffalo):Bovidae(Syncerus caffer) 1=>3
      Control measures
      Measures applied
      • Movement control inside the country
      • Vaccination in response to the outbreak (s)
      • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
      • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
      • Quarantine
      • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
      • Disinfection
      • No treatment of affected animals
      Measures to be applied
      • No other measures
      Diagnostic test results
      Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
      Regional Veterinary Investigation Laboratory Nakuru (Local laboratory) African buffalo (Cape buffalo) optical microscopy 09/04/2019 Positive
      Future Reporting
      The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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