Movement of Pigs, Pork Sale Banned in Arua

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In short
This follows the outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever in some parts of the district where an estimated 400 pigs have been killed since the outbreak of the disease two months ago.

Arua district veterinary department has imposed quarantine against the movement and sale pig products.

This follows the outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever in some parts of the district where an estimated 400 pigs have been killed since the outbreak of the disease two months ago.


African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs and warthogs with a mortality rate as high as 100%. The virus is characterized by high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs.

Dr. Gordon Toa, the district veterinary officer says the disease has been confirmed in the Sub Counties of Manibe in Ayivu County and Katrini in Terego County. The quarantine was imposed to avoid further spread of the disease to other areas, he adds.
 
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But in Manibe Sub County where the outbreak of the disease started, farmers are calling for support from the district to replace some of the animals because they were supplied under the NAADs program.

 
John Atibuni, who lost 25 animals, says at the end of the year they had already planned with his group members to divide the animals but they now devastated by the disease.

 
However, Oleru Jeema, the district NAADS coordinator says the project does not have a budget to replace the dead animals. She however adds that the district can offer technical advice on how to prevent the disease from spreading further.
 
 
 

 

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