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Foot and Mouth disease breaks out in Busia

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is a reported outbreak of the Foot and Mouth disease in Buteba sub county in Busia district.

The disease has so far affected more than 25 animals in 6 homesteads in Alupe village in Buteba sub-county.

Dr. Patrick Barasa, the Busia District Veterinary Officer says a local livestock trader brought in infected animals from Kenya.

He says to stop the spread of infection, they have banned the sale of animals and all their products.

Moses Wanyama, a cattle keeper in Alupe village says that it took him two weeks to realise that his animals are infected.

He is worried that farmers in the area risk losing their animals to the disease if the remaining animals are not vaccinated in time.

Pamba Obwaso, another cattle keeper calls for quick government intervention to safe guard their cattle. He also appeals to fellow farmers to quarantine their animals to protect them from infection.

Anita Rose Ademun, the Commissioner Animal Health in the Agriculture Ministry directed the district veterinary department to impose livestock quarantine.

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