Burundi’s cattle producers are concerned about a recent outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever. Since the disease was identified at the end of April, about 500 cases were reported.

Eight of Burundi’s eighteen provinces have been found to have the illness. More than 100 cows have perished as a result of the epidemic, officials say.

“We’re terrified that our business might grind to a halt unless fast action is taken. Your entire operation is halted when this sickness enters your barn. Neither milk, flesh, nor your cow may be sold “Pontien Kanyarugano, a herdsman, made the claim.

A case of the illness has been documented for the first time in Burundi, where agriculture is the primary means of subsistence.

Faustin Ndikumana, an economist, stated, “It’s a sector that offers a living for many individuals in the trade, much alone customers who are touched by it.”

Several efforts have been taken by Burundi in response to the epidemic. Until further notice, ruminant movement restrictions and a slaughter prohibition must be observed in impacted regions, according to a notification issued by the agriculture ministry.

People and animals alike are susceptible to Rift Valley fever, a contagious disease that can be fatal. By the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ estimates, it is transferred to those who come into touch with tainted blood, like animal handlers, butchers and veterinarians. 

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