KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Livestock farmers and veterinary officers in
eastern Rwanda have been baffled by an unidentified disease that
they say has killed more than 100 cows in the past about three
The disease broke
out in Ngoma and Kirehe districts toward the end of May, farmers
and local officials told Xinhua on Tuesday.
A team from Rwanda
Agriculture Board has visited the area to take blood samples to
identify the disease but results of blood tests are yet to be
released, they said.
Within a period of
less than a month, the disease has killed 102 cows in Ngoma
district while in Kirehe district six cows have been killed,
according to them.
The disease symptoms
include loss of appetite, general weakness and bleeding, they
Isidori Gafarasi who
is in charge of livestock in Eastern Province in Rwanda
Agriculture Board confirmed the outbreak of the disease and
cattle deaths in a media briefing on Wednesday.
Though the results
of blood samples were yet to be out veterinary doctors suspect
the disease to be Rift Valley fever, basing on the symptoms, he
Cattle in the two
districts have been quarantined to prevent possible spread of
the disease as efforts to control it are underway.
Rift Valley Fever is
a viral disease of cattle and sheep that was first discovered in
the Rift Valley of Kenya. It is spread to livestock through the
bite of infected mosquitoes during years of heavy rainfall,
according to veterinarians.
The disease causes
high death rates in young animals and abortions in older
animals, and can cause mild symptoms to severe symptoms.