Lamwo Battles Fresh Outbreak of FMD, CBPP

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Dr. Bosco Agena, the Lamwo District Veterinary Officer says the disease was first reported in the area about two weeks ago and only confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture last week. CBPP was confirmed in samples collected from Potika parish in Agoro and Paluga Sub Counties while Foot and Mouth Disease was detected in Madi Opei Sub County, he further explains.

Authorities in Lamwo district have confirmed the death of at least 10 head of cattle following a fresh outbreak of foot and mouth disease -FMD simultaneously with contagious bovine Pleuropneumonia- CBPP. 100 other animals are reported to be infected.

Dr. Bosco Agena, the Lamwo District Veterinary Officer says the disease was first reported in the area about two weeks ago and only confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture last week. CBPP was confirmed in samples collected from Potika parish in Agoro and Paluga Sub Counties while Foot and Mouth Disease was detected in Madi Opei Sub County, he further explains.

Obong Charles Okwera, the Madi Opei sub county chairperson says the worst affected areas by Foot and Mouth disease in his sub county include villages of Tecwa, odyar oket, Kirombe and Kiwire Villages.

Yesterday the Veterinary department kick started a vigorous mass animal vaccination to contain the infections. However, Dr. Agena says the vaccination is likely to leave out livestock farmers who have migrated with their animals to farms in remote localities such as Ngom Oromo and Apyeta, at the border with South Sudan.

Meanwhile, he cautioned the public against the consumption of meat from dead animals and urged that carcasses should be burnt under the guidance of a trained veterinary officer.

Mathew Ochen Akiya, the Lamwo district chairperson appealed to livestock farmers to be vigilant and report all cases to the district veterinary department immediately. He says the department has already imposed quarantine in animal movements in to and out of the district to contain the spread of the disease.

Ochen says unless contained quickly, the new outbreak will deal a big blow to government’s cattle restocking program. He swiftly added that so far, none of the PRDP and NUSAF livestock have been affected by the diseases.

Foot and mouth disease presents itself with high temperature, tender and sore feet, blisters on feet and shivering, smacking lips among others. The bacterial CBPP meanwhile affects animals by fever, rapid breathing and are generally depressed. At later stages, cough and increased difficulty in breathing can be recognized.

The development in Lamwo comes even as several districts across the country remain under quarantine following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. These include districts in Eastern Uganda, parts of Karamoja and Parts of Northern Uganda.