East Coast Fever kills 50 Animals in Sembabule.

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He argues that unlike the local cows that are resistant to ticks, cross breed die immediately they get infected.

Veterinary authorities in Ssembabuble district have set up research centers to contain the spread of the East Coast fever that has so far killed over 50 animals in the area. The Research Centers have been established at Kawanda village in Rugushulu sub -county and Nyamitanga in Ntuusi sub county following complaints from pastoralists on their death of their animals. East Coast fever, an acute disease of cattle, usually presents with high fever, swelling of the lymph nodes, and high mortality. Dr. Angelo Ssali, the Sembabule district veterinary officer says the disease has steadily claimed several animals in the area, but the situation worsened this year.

He suspects the disease could have worsened because of cross breeding friesiens with the indigenous breed. He says that the most affected are cross breed animals. He argues that unlike the local cows that are resistant to ticks, cross breed die immediately they get infected. He explains that infected animals present signs of severe fever, pass out excessive urine and watery dung. Emmanuel Kawooya, the Sembabule district Production officer says more than fifty animals have died since the year begun. He says the disease is likely to affect household incomes, as most residents rely on earnings from the sale of animals and their products. He says that they have also received reports that the disease is resistant to available drugs provided to the farmers by government.

He explains that in an attempt to contain the escalation of the disease, they have set up centers to enable researchers Diagnosis the infection and recommend prevention measures to farmers. Benon Burora, one of the affected pastoralists says that he has so far lost 15 animals at his farm in Rugushuru.  Burora says that they tried to prevent the attack on the animal through dipping in vain. He is worried that his entire farm may be wiped out by the disease if the Government doesn't intervene. 

Caleb Rwakojo, a pastoralists from Rwendayi in Rugushulu Sub-county also claims that he has lost 30 cows in a period two months in a similar manner. He says that he has as well tried to treat the infected cattle with the available drugs in vain. He says it appears the fever is stronger for the available drugs. Another pastoralists Fred Karakure says that disease has greatly affected the most productive animal species, the cross breeds that have often earned them huge sums of money.