The disease that starts manifesting by general body weakness is accompanied by nasal dryness, bleeding and a drop in temperature, which forces the pigs to lay in the sun. The animal normally dies within days.
Dr. Willy Nguma the Principal Veterinary Officer for Greater Arua said due to the ravage caused by the disease, they have banned export and import of pigs to and from DRC, restricted further, movement of pigs within West Nile, put strict surveillance on major pork joints and introduced night patrols and animal checkpoints on major roads.
Michael Obita Okela, a farmer and a resident of Oget village says he lost 46 pigs worth millions of shillings within just a week following the outbreak of the disease.
He says his pigs started presenting with symptoms of straightened back hair, loss of appetite, vomiting, and reddish skin adding that pigs with such symptoms die within only a day.