Outbreak of Black Quarter Disease Confirmed in Arua

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Veterinary data indicates that black quarter infections mainly occur during the hot and humid weather conditions or after a sudden cold period mainly in cattle between the ages of six months and two years.

An outbreak of black quarter, an infectious livestock disease has been confirmed in Okollo and Anyiribu sub counties in Arua district.

Arua district veterinary officer Dr Willy Nguma says the disease has already killed six cattle in the villages of Awa, Epia and Omuriba, all in Anyiribu Sub County. He adds that tests conducted over the last two weeks confirmed the existence of black quarter disease in livestock in the two sub counties.

Nguma added that although the disease doesn't affect human beings, the consumption of meat from an infected animal is unsafe.

He adds that arrangements are underway for a massive vaccination of calves in the district in order to prevent future outbreaks.

Nguma however says there is no call for alarm in farming communities saying that although black quarter is infectious, it's not a contagious disease.

John Anguyo, one of the affected farmers says he was not aware of the disease until two of his animals developed weakness and lameness.

Anguyo calls for massive sensitization of the residents on the management and control of such infections adding that farmers are willing to meet the cost of vaccination.

Veterinary data indicates that black quarter infections mainly occur during the hot and humid weather conditions or after a sudden cold period mainly in cattle between the ages of six months and two years.

The infection is visible through a swollen limb which usually results into lameness.  Clinical signs of the infection include lameness, loss of appetite, fever and depression.

Infected animals often die within 12 to 48 hours after contracting the disease.

Although treatment usually fails, animal that survive, are likely suffer from a permanent deformity.