Veterinary Authorities have banned the movement of pigs and their products
because of the reported outbreak of the African swine fever.
The most affected are Nyakishenyi
and Nyarushanje sub counties.
Johnson Ninsiima, the Rukungiri
District Veterinary Officer told our reporter on Wednesday that his office
has already registered 20 cases of African swine fever in Nyarushanje and
Nyakishenyi sub counties.
According to Ninsiima, several pigs in the area
are presenting with high fever, depression and loss of appetite,
reddening of the skin particularly ears and snout, vomiting and diarrhea.
Ninsiima says that they are in the process of collecting
samples from the affected pigs for examination at the animal laboratory in Entebbe
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Andrewson Kateebire, the Rukungiri District LC 5 Chairperson
has urged pig farmers and pork dealers to abide by the directive to stop the
spread of the disease.
He says those who fail to abide by the ban will be
arrested and dealt with accordingly.
African swine fever is a highly contagious viral disease
characterized by fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea and exhaustion in pigs. Infected
pigs must be slaughtered and their carcasses buried or incinerated.
disease was late last year confirmed in Kabale and Rubanda district.