Farmers and cattle dealers in Kibaale are defying a six-month quarantine imposed following the outbreak of Bovine Pneumonia in the district. In June this year, the Ministry of Agriculture imposed quarantine banning transportation and sale of cattle and all related products. This followed the outbreak of the highly contagious Bovine Pneumonia in the sub counties of Mpeefu, Ndaiga and Kyaterekera.
In June this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries imposed quarantine banning transportation and sale of cattle and all related products. This followed the outbreak of the highly contagious Bovine Pneumonia in the sub counties of Mpeefu, Ndaiga and Kyaterekera.
The ministry also ordered the closure of all livestock markets in the affected areas. However, Moses Amanya, the Kibaale district veterinary officer, reveals that some farmers and livestock dealers have defied the quarantine. He says some of them are illegally taking their animals to livestock markets and slaughtering them for meat.
Although the district is carrying out massive cattle vaccination, Amanya says the actions by farmers and cattle dealers are breeding ground for the disease to spread.
Friday Karim, a butcher in Kyaterekera Market, is among those defying the quarantine. Friday reveals that for several weeks now he has not heard of any new cases being reported. He says all he knew is that the area is now disease free and he resumed business.
Dan Kabwijamu, the Kyaterekera sub county chairperson says he will investigate those defying the quarantine and take action.
Bovine Pneumonia is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by Bacteria Pasteurella Multicida and Haemophilus Somnus in both adult animals and calves. An infected animal presents with signs of depression, coughing and lowered appetite, breathing difficulties, nasal discharge, and general body weakness.
A sick animal dies in a very short period as the disease affects the lungs, leading to blockage of the respiratory system.