USE OF ETHNOVETERINARY REMEDIES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE LESIONS IN A DIARY HERD

  • DW Gakuya
  • CM Mulei
  • SB Wekesa

Abstract

An outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) affecting 95 (57.2%) out of 166 cattle occurred in a medium-scale dairy farm in Kikuyu district, Kenya. Ethnoveterinary remedies of natural Soda ash solution (97% sodium bicarbonate), honey and finger millet flour were used to manage the FMD lesions. The lesions were washed with soda ash solution to remove the necrotic tissue after which raw honey and finger millet flour were applied to the cleaned lesions. The lesions were examined daily and those with necrotic material washed again with the Soda ash solution. Honey and finger millet flour were applied daily for three days. There was rapid healing of the lesions with the animals resuming feeding after three days. The fast healing of the lesions vindicates the use of these cheap, locally available and easy to apply products in the management of FMD lesions. However, more studies are needed to evaluate further their potencies.

Keywords: Foot and Mouth Disease lesions, Ethnoveterinary remedies, Soda ash, Honey, Finger millet

Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2011) 8(2):165-169

Author Biographies

DW Gakuya
Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, P.O.Box 29053,00625 Kangemi, Nairobi
CM Mulei
Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, P.O.Box 29053,00625 Kangemi, Nairobi
SB Wekesa
Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Livestock Development, P.O. Box 18021-00500, Enterprise Road, Nairobi
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