In Summary
  • The director Veterinary Services called for the closure of slaughter houses in Malindi and Magarini.
  • RVF is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and blood feeding flies that mostly affects cattle and sheep.

Hoteliers in Kilifi County are considering offering customers sea food or meat from Nairobi following the ban on sale of livestock due to an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever.

On August 2, the director Veterinary Services called for the closure of slaughter houses in Malindi and Magarini sub-counties to curb the spread of the disease.

Dr Cornel Malenga said blood samples of livestock in the two constituencies tested positive of the disease.

The animals were from Kanagoni, Kagombani, Mjanaheri and Sabaki.

TOURISM

The outbreak is likely to affect the tourism sector, owing to a imminent boom as the high season approaches.

Dream of Africa, Dream Garden and Tropical Village Resort general manager Alexander Zissimatos said he will have to incur more costs to fetch meat from Nairobi.

Neveetheless, he said he is optimistic that the outbreak will not affect tourism.

"Tourism is picking up and we will be forced to go an extra mile to satisfy our customers," he said, adding that the resort has registered 70 per cent bed occupancy.

NAIROBI MEAT

Similarly, the owner of Olimpia Club in Malindi, Ms Naomi Kimani, said her business will be affected because few customers will trust her meat.

"Unless I show them the receipt. But so long as the outbreak is there many tourists are going to shift their holiday destination from Malindi," she said.

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