Quarantine Imposed After African Swine Fever Outbreak in Oyam

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Dr Tom Ogwal, the Oyam District Veterinary Officer said they banned the sale of pig products including imposing quarantine to avoid further spread of the disease to other areas.

Oyam District has imposed a quarantine on the movement of pigs.  This follows the outbreak of the African swine fever in the district.

It is estimated that more than 250 pigs have died since the outbreak was confirmed in some parts of the district.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious haemorrhagic disease of pigs and warthogs with a mortality rate as high as 100%.

The disease is often characterized by fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, haemorrhages in the skin and internal organs and exhaustion in pigs.

It is passed on to the pigs in a vicious cycle between soft ticks and wild pigs and direct contact with infected pigs.

Dr Tom Ogwal, the Oyam District Veterinary Officer said they banned the sale of pig products including imposing quarantine to avoid further spread of the disease to other areas.

He says the district authorities decided to halt the sale of pork until the disease is contained.

Bosco Okello, a resident of Obangangeo parish, Achaba Sub County says that he lost three pigs.

He says that he is worried that if nothing is done to treat the disease many farmers shall lose their pigs.

As a result of the ban, several pork dealers have been rendered out of businesses in major trading centres including Loro, Corner Kamdini, Ngai, Achaba and Iceme among others.

This is the first time Oyam district is experiencing outbreak of African swine fever in the last five years.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.