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African Swine Fever Reported in Rukiga

According to Bukoosi, the veterinary office was compelled to announce the ban because of the death of 46 pigs in Kamwezi sub-county and another 100 in Kashambya.
A pig feeding on yam leaves in Nyakashebeya parish, Kashambya sub county, Rukiga district

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Rukiga District Veterinary department has banned the movement of pigs and their products following the reported outbreak of the highly contagious African Swine Fever.

 

Godfrey Bukoosi, the Rukiga District Veterinary Officer, says that the disease has so far been reported in Kashambya and Kamwezi sub-counties. According to Bukoosi, the veterinary office was compelled to announce the ban because of the death of 46 pigs in Kamwezi sub-county and another 100 in Kashambya.     

Bukoosi says that reports indicate that all the pigs presented with symptoms related to African Swine Fever. He says that the ban is temporary as they collect samples from carcasses and other pigs for examination by the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) Laboratory Entebbe. 

 

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Bukooosi also says that they are in the process of notifying the office of the Commissioner-General of Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture depending on the outcomes of their findings. He has cautioned residents against eating pork or allowing pigs from other areas into their farms until the test results are out.

 

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Wilkson Barigye, a piggery farmer from Kamwezi sub-county told our reporter that he will comply with the directives since he has also already lost two pigs under unclear circumstances. Barigye says that the veterinary authorities took long to act because the death of pigs started three weeks ago.

 

Last week, the disease was reported in the neighbouring district of Rukungiri especially in Katonya, Kafunjo, Rwanyund, and Ngoma parishes in Nyakishenyi sub-county. By last week, more than 20 cases of death had been reported, according to the Nyakishenyi sub-county veterinary officer, Geoffrey Kanyankore.

In August this year, the disease was confirmed in Kisoro district where it claimed more than 30 pigs. The affected areas included Murora, Kanaba, Kirundo and Bukimbiri sub-counties. African Swine Fever spreads through contact with an infected pig, products or body fluids. 

It presents with symptoms including loss of appetite and energy, vomiting, diarrhoea, red or dark skin, particularly on the ears and snout, swollen red eyes, laboured breathing and coughing, abortions, stillbirths, and weak litters.

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