Buyende District Announces Livestock Quarantine

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Dr. Kagwa attributes the outbreak of the disease in the two sub counties to their proximity to districts neighboring to Lake Kyoga and Murchison falls national park.

Buyende district has announced a three months livestock quarantine following an outbreak of the foot and mouth disease. Dr. David Kagwa, the Buyende district Veterinary Officer says the livestock quarantine was announced following the death of more than 230 animals in Kidera, Kakoge and Nabulenzi villages in Buyende town council over the past one month.

Kagwa says he notified Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, which directed him to impose quarantine in the affected areas. He says his office is also investigating reports of the foot and mouth disease in the neighboring Buyende and Nkondo sub-counties. The Foot and mouth disease last broke out in neighboring Kamui district in 2011 but it was contained.

Dr. Kagwa attributes the outbreak of the disease in the two sub counties to their proximity to districts neighboring to Lake Kyoga and Murchison falls national park. He suspects that the animal could have contracted the disease from game animal. Animals from Masindi are transported to Buyende, where there is a thriving livestock market vie Lake Kyoga.

Despite the reported outbreak of the foot and mouth disease, livestock traders in Buyende district are not bothered. Julius Namasendha, butcher in Kidera A village says he is not aware of the disease outbreak. Namasendha says for as long as the disease does not spread to other areas in Buyende district he will continues with his business as usual. 

Sarah Ngobi a cattle trader says the quarantine has come at a time when butchers are buying animals in preparation of the festive season. She says unless the quarantine is lifted early enough, they been thrown out of business. Dr Nicholas Kauta, the Commissioner Livestock Health and Entomology Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has confirmed ordering the district to impose quarantine of livestock movement.

Foot and mouth disease is an infectious disease, which affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. Despite that the disease is less fatal to adult animals; it causes significant loss in the production of milk. In young animals it can be fatal on a large scale.