Foot and Mouth disease-FMD has been confirmed by the veterinary officials in Kazo district. Foot and mouth disease is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of livestock that include cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and other cloven-hoofed ruminants.
Buremba Town Council veterinary officer, Dr.Pacsmario Juderia said that the disease was registered at a farm in Bwatama village, Buremba Town Council.
”We have put the town council under quarantine for all animals and animal products as they embark on a mass sensitization campaign for the farmers about the disease and vaccination”. Dr. Pacsmario addede
He said the quarantine will remain in place for a month as they monitor the situation.
The Chairperson LCI Bwatama Cell, Benjamin Kyaligonza says that the cows that are suspected to have caused the outbreak were brought in from Kyeshama Market in Kiruhura district.
He said that about five families have been affected by the outbreak though no animal has died.
One of the cattle keepers in Bwatama Village, Moses Mugisha, said that it took him three days to realize 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.
Kazo district is among the districts found in the Cattle Corridor that have for the last two years been under quarantine over Foot and Mouth Disease. Others are Kiruhura, Isingiro, Mbarara, Lyantonde, and Ibanda.
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of livestock that include cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and other cloven-hoofed ruminants.
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signs and symptoms of foot and mouth disease include, a high temperature in the animals, which is followed by the development of blisters chiefly in the mouth and on the feet.
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