Herald Reporter

THE fight against tick-borne related diseases has been escalated following the launch of the national tick-borne disease control strategy and the refurbishment of a laboratory for the production of chemicals that will reinforce other control strategies.

The launch was held concurrently with the handing over of a Central Veterinary Laboratory which would help control external parasites.

It is estimated that tick-borne related diseases cause 60 percent of livestock deaths in the country.

Speaking during the launch yesterday, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Permanent Secretary, Dr John Basera, said the strategy was specifically designed to address the scourge of tick-borne diseases.

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