CBPP Kills Over 3000 Cattle In Kaabong

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At least 3000 cattle have so far died from CBPP in the last six months in Kaabong. The disease presents itself by severe nasal discharge, cough, rapid and difficult breathing among others before an animal collapses to death.

Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) a highly infectious disease that affects cattle has reportedly killed over 3000 cattle in Kaabong district in the last six months.
 
The disease presents itself by severe nasal discharge, cough, rapid and difficult breathing among others before an animal collapses and dies.
 
Dr. Fred Eladu, the District Veterinary Officer-Kaabong, confirms the deaths incidences saying the disease is now endemic. He explains that government is aware but with little action the effects are causing huge losses. He adds that the infection may drastically limit the multiplication of cattle in the area citing families who entirely depend on a cow.
 
Eladu notes that five percent of 122,000 animals in the district die every month due this contagious disease. He however, says foot and mouth disease (FMD) is not a threat in Kaabong, since it has only been discovered in the commercial Kaabong town council adding that other areas of the district remain disease free. He appeals to the government to fast track the vaccination of CBPP.
 
Meanwhile, Pascal Pavuga, the District Veterinary Officer Kotido says the disease prevalence had dropped in the last two year under the Presidential intervention. He however adds that the trend has gone up with more than five percent against over 1.5 million cows in the district. He notes that there should be a quicker affirmative action by government to restrain the disease.
 
Joseph Midi, the District Chairperson Kaabong says the situation has reached an alarming level where we need serious intervention. He adds that tick borne disease coupled with CBPP is responsible for the death of animals in the district. He also attributes the widespread disease infections to failure by farmers to handle the vaccination at kraal levels.
 
CBPP is ranked amongst other animal diseases as the most serious in the sub Saharan Africa.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.