Rift Valley Fever Found Near Senegalese Capital City

SENEGAL – A cattle herd near the capital city Dakar has succumbed to Rift Valley fever, the Ministry of Livestock has announced.
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Seven cases in a 190 cow herd at Rufisque were notified by the World Organisation for Animal Health on Friday.

No animal deaths have been caused by the event to date.

Epidemiologists are unsure of the cause, although are blaming the wet season on ‘unknown or inconclusive vectors’.

Dr Mbargou Lo, Director of Veterinary Services confirmed measures are in place to control the spread of the condition previously reported in Senegal last year, killing eight goats.

The first outbreak, in the northern extremities of the Saint-Louis district, was reported close to the border with Mauritania, among several goat herding operations. In all, 37 goats caught Rift Valley fever.


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