Viral Disease Claims More Than 600 Goats in Kasese

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Swizin Bukenya, the Nyakatonzi Sub county LC III chairperson who also doubles as a livestock dealer explained to URN how the disease is almost eating away their entire livestock. According to Bukenya, the disease has claimed more than 200 goats in Nyakatonzi Sub County alone.

More than 600 goats in Kasese district have succumbed to Peste des Petits Ruminants-PPR, an acute viral disease for goats and sheep. Because of its economic effects and ability to spread rapidly, PPR was included among reportable diseases by the World Organization for Animal Health.
 
The Kasese District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Godfrey Kalule, says the disease has claimed goats in Bwera, Nyakatonzi, Katwe-Kabatoro, Muhokya, Rukoki, Kitswamba sub counties and Kasese municipality. "We have an outbreak of a peculiar disease in goats. It found its way to Uganda through Kiruhura district before entering Kasese district in December last year", Dr. Kalule told URN.
 
He believes the deadly disease was brought to Kasese district by livestock traders who buy goats from Kiruhura district and sell them in Mpondwe-lhubiriha and other Kasese markets. "Our people being ignorant of the disease in goats, they could buy the goats for rearing from various markets in Kasese little knowing that they were transmitting the disease to their other animals. Since then the disease has scattered all over the district", Dr. Kalule said. 
 
According to Dr. Kalule, there is no cure for infected animals. "We have been forced to carryout immediate vaccination of all goats in the district to prevent our livestock farmers from losing their stock," he said. Dr. Kalule says an infected goat presents with a running nose, excessive tears from the eyes, diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight followed by heavy and labored breathing leading to death. 
 
Swizin Bukenya, the Nyakatonzi Sub county LC III chairperson who also doubles as a livestock dealer explained to URN how the disease is almost eating away their entire livestock. According to Bukenya, the disease has claimed more than 200 goats in Nyakatonzi Sub County alone. 

"This strange disease has affected us so much because livestock farming is a major economic activity in Nyakatonzi whereby most of the goat keepers generate money for their children's fees and economic survival," he said.