Mass Vaccination Against Foot and Mouth Disease In Gulu

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Dr. Tony Aliro, the Gulu district veterinary officer, says an estimated 8,000 cows most at risk of contracting the disease will be vaccinated in three parishes making up Patiko Sub County.

Mass vaccination of cattle against foot and mouth disease is set to commence in the Northern Uganda district of Gulu on Thursday.
 
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed an outbreak of the disease in animal samples collected from Patiko sub county, some 20 kilometres north of Gulu town.
 
Dr. Tony Aliro, the Gulu district veterinary officer says the Ministry in response supplied 9,000 doses of foot and mouth disease vaccines to control the spread of the viral disease.
 
Dr Aliro says an estimated 8,000 cows most at risk of contracting the disease will be vaccinated in three parishes making up Patiko Sub County. He says the vaccine will be free to farmers since it was procured by government.
 
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Data on the number of fatalities and affected animals is scanty but Dr. Aliro says the first case of the viral disease was reported on December 21st last year. 

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a contagious viral disease which affects cattle, deer, sheep and goats amongst others.
 
Symptoms include fever, blisters in the mouth and feet, loss and appetite, quivering lips and frothing of mouth among others. While there is no proper treatment, the disease is controlled by imposing restriction in animal movements from affected areas.
 
Dr. Aliro says it is recommended that infected carcasses must be disposed of safely by incineration, rendering, burial or other techniques. He says if left untreated, the disease results to lameness, loss of weight and decline in milk production of affected animal.