Foot and Mouth Disease Hits Nwoya District

1991 Views Nwoya, Uganda

In short
Patrick Okello Oryema, the Nwoya LC V chairperson blames the fresh outbreak of the foot and mouth disease on the mismanagement of the previous attack.

There is a reported outbreak of the foot and mouth disease in Nwoya district. At least over 150 head of cattle are affected. As a result, Nwoya district has imposed a quarantine restricting the movement of livestock to contain the spread of the disease.
 
Patrick Okello Oryema, the Nwoya LC V chairperson blames the fresh outbreak of the foot and mouth disease on the mismanagement of the previous attack. The most affected areas are Patira in Purongo Sub County in Nwoya district.
 
Oryema says most of the affected animals were distributed by the office of the prime minister recently during the restocking exercise. 

//Cue in: “it was not well….. 
Cue out:……sign of foot and mouth”// 

Oryema says although farmers whose animals have been affected by the disease claim that the animals where procured while sick, he says they could been infected at the holding ground in Patira. He says that of the 192 head of cattle supplied by the OPM, over 150 have been affected.

 The district has notified the ministry of agriculture, animal industries and fisheries on the outbreak. James Ukwir, the veterinary officer Nwoya district says he examined that cattle that were brought in the district and all was well. Ukwir suspects the animals could have infected at Kitapi holding grounds. The district is considering carrying mass vaccination of all animals and monitor situation of the affected animals. 

The foot and mouth disease-FMD is an infectious disease that causes fever followed by blisters, largely in the mouth and feet of cloven-footed animals, such as cattle. 

 

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