Justine Okello, a milk vendor from Gweri Sub County says she had not received any communication stopping her from operating. He explains that they have not been sensitized on what role they have to play to control the spread of the foot and mouth disease.
This was aimed at containing the spread of the disease. Despite the quarantine, milk vendors in Soroti have continued with normal business. Justine Okello, a milk vendor from Gweri Sub County says she had not received any communication stopping her from operating. He explains that they have not been sensitized on what role they have to play to control the spread of the foot and mouth disease.
Julius Oiko, a milk vendor from Agora Parish, Kamuda Sub County says the veterinary office closed cattle markets and slaughter houses in the district but they were told nothing. A cup of Milk is sold at 500 shillings only. Michael Iwalei, a milk vendor at Omat- itei in Gweri Sub County says they were allowed to continue operating despite of the quarantine. He says one of the vets who vaccinated his cows two weeks ago told him, the foot and mouth disease doesn’t affect milk.
Jane Ajilong, a resident of Nakatunya ward in Soroti Municipality says since the quarantine was imposed she stopped eating meat but takes milk. Dr. Patrick Eyudu,the Sorot District Veterinary officer says his office stopped the transportation, slaughter and sell of livestock products. He faults, the milk vendors for defying the regulations of the disease control.
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Joab Wabwire, Soroti district Police Commander, says his office has not received communication from the district veterinary office indicating that the milk vendors have defied the quarantine. He however, said they would render a hand once asked the veterinary office to intervene.
Amos Amaitum, a medical worker in Soroti says the milk got from cows infected by the Foot and Mouth disease could be harmful for human consumption. According to information on the website of European Center for Disease Control and Prevention-ECDC, the foot and mouth disease is essentially an animal disease. The disease is considered rare in humans.
However, ECDC notes that the disease has been reported in humans mainly in connection with consumption of unpasteurized milk, dairy or unprocessed meat products from infected animals or as a result of direct contact with infected animals. No person-to-person transmission in humans has been reported. The incubation period in humans is two to six days. Symptoms are mostly mild and self-limiting, including tingling blisters on the hands, feet and the mouth, sore throat, and fever. Recovery commonly occurs within a week of the last blisters forming.