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.
More than 300
pigs have died from African Swine Fever in Terego, Arua City, and Arua district.
Swine Fever is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease of pigs and wild
boar that usually presents with symptoms of high fever, decreased appetite and
weakness, red blotchy skin lesions, diarrhea, vomiting among others.
Refugee settlement in Odupi Sub County Terego District, more than 60 pigs died
last month while in Arivu Sub County in Arua district, over 100 pigs died in
January. In Offaka Sub County at Ejimbara Market near the border of Arua
District, Madi Okollo, and Zombo district more than 100 pigs were killed.
where the African Swine Fever has had a toll on pigs include Ogoko in Lower
Madi Okollo, Lia and Adumi in Ayivu West, Arua City where pigs are brought from
the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC and sold in Ugandan markets.
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.
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Laban Ovua a
Pork Dealer in Arua City says due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever, he
has restricted the purchase of pigs to only farmers within Arua who access
Veterinary services and stopped buying pigs from places like Rhino Camp,
Odramacaku, and in Terego district.
that although there is a general fear about African Swine Fever, the supply of Pigs
and consumption of Pork has not been affected.
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Alema, another pork dealer in Onduparaka says that due to the outbreak of Swine
Fever, they have temporarily stopped buying pigs from Lia and Odramacaku
markets instead they look for pigs within Arua City to slaughter.
“When I heard
of the outbreak of the disease, I immediately told my boys to look for animals
within but the challenge now is their prices are a little higher, which has
also forced us to increase the price of a Kilo to 14,000 from 13,000
Shillings,” said Alema.
records from Uganda Veterinary Association-UVA, this month, cases of African
Swine Fever have also been experienced in the districts of Mukono and Masaka
and the case of the West Nile region has been worsened by the dry season which
offers good ground for predisposition of diseases which hibernate.