Kenya to launch vaccination campaign to reduce carnivore mortality

Kenya plans to roll out a nationwide rabies vaccination campaign in order to reduce carnivore mortality from disease, wildlife officials said on Friday.


Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Senior Veterinary Officer Dominic Mijele told Xinhua in Nairobi that the vaccination will target dogs living around wildlife habitats.

“Kenya is losing carnivores such as hyenas and jackals due to rabies transmitted to them as a result of being bitten by infected dogs,” Mijele said on the sidelines of the Annual Carnivore Conference.

“Hyenas and jackals get infected when they move out of the wildlife parks and interact with dogs of neighboring communities,” Mijele said, adding that 20 percent of carnivore death from diseases is from rabies.

The vaccination is currently being conducted on a pilot basis at the Masai Mara reserve and will soon be rolled out nationally when resources become available.

The exercise is being carried out by KWS and Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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