No Rift Valley Fever in Somalia. The ban unjustifiable...!

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Tuesday January 26, 2010 - 04:04:18 in News & Events by Super Admin
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    No Rift Valley Fever in Somalia. The ban unjustifiable...!

    Following the torrential rains and deluge in 1997, emergence of many insect-borne animal diseases were expected in Somalia, but, probably no one was counting RVF.

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Following the torrential rains and deluge in 1997, emergence of many insect-borne animal diseases were expected in Somalia, but, probably no one was counting RVF.

The climatic change was so intense, that the consequent epidemiological change was also huge. Occurrence of RVF in Somalia, was not recorded in the past, but, sporadic outbreaks are seen from time to time in many East African countries.

If the controversial (to livestock traders) report of the WHO holds true, then the virus must have been ever maintained in a short cycle of transmission in perhaps wild ungulates or rodents. Moreover, recent introduction of the disease to the area can not be ruled out.

This hypothesis is particularly perceptible in view of the enormous disturbance in population dynamics in the region. From Rwanda and Burundi, through Uganda and Sudan, to southeast Ethiopia and northeastern Kenya, natural and man made disasters have evoked unusual movements of animals and wild life above all.



It is also known that, there is a seasonal migration of wild ungulates like deer between Kenya and Somalia. Hence animal carriers might have arrived Somalia and spread the virus. In this case, however, the optimum vector was apparently not available and the disease was slowly and inefficiently transmitted by secondary vectors.

It is currently clear that the disease doesn't exist in any part of the country and long time has passed, since the last suspected case was seen. An emphasized risk assessment made by the FAO, has concluded in comprehensive results, proving that, the risk of the disease being transmitted to the Gulf countries, by animals exported from east Africa, has now returned to pre-epidemic level. it therefore, meaningless to sustain the ban on animal export from Somalia.

We urge decision-makers in our sisterly Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, to lift the "sanctions" from the Somali people.



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