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2011
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A cross-sectional survey was conducted to determine the farmers and veterinary service providers as well as factors that continue to trigger Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreaks in Eastern Kenya. Questionnaires were administered to animal health service providers and livestock farmers. A total of ninety one animal health service providers and one hundred and six livestock farmers were interviewed. Livestock farmers ranked diseases as their greatest constraint followed by unavailability of feeds and high cost of inputs. Out of 91 service providers interviewed, 85/91 (93%) reported East Coast Fever as most commonly treated followed by Anaplasmosis 82/91 (90%), Mastitis 74/91 (81 %), Pneumonia 73/91 (80%) and Foot and Mouth Disease 31 /91 (34%). Eighty six (95%) animal health service providers had handled cases of FMD and 1011106 (95%) of the farmers had encountered FMD in their farms. All the farmers who had an experience with the disease reported that it affected cattle while 1111 0 1 (11 %), 811 0 1 (8%) and 11101 (1%) reported that it also affected goats, sheep and pigs respectively.
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