Government has partially lifted a cattle quarantine imposed to curb the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease in five districts in central and southern Uganda.
Commissioner for Animal Health and Entomology, Nicholas Kawunta, says the quarantine has been lifted in the districts of Isingiro, Bushenyi, Rakai, Masaka and Nakaseke.
According to the terms of the partial quarantine, animals specifically intended for slaughter will be allowed to leave the five districts. However the movement of animals for breeding will remain restricted because they may still be carrying the Foot and Mouth Disease.
Kawunta says the partial lifting of the quarantine was done after an assessment of the spread of the disease. He says it was also introduced to save families that depend on their animals for income from poverty.
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Kawunta says the districts of Mbarara, Ntungamo and Kiruhura remain under quarantine as more research and investigations are conducted.
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