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Amuru District Registers 300 Cases of FMD

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says that the FMD was first reported in the area mid-last month but has been multiplying due to the lack of response to contain it.
Long horned Ankole Cattle being grazed in Atiak Subcounty in Amuru District.

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At least 300 heads of cattle in Attiak Sub County, Amuru District have been infected by the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD.

These are part of the more than 2,000 heads of cattle belonging to over 800 South Sudanese who crossed into Uganda by South Sudan asylum seekers about two months ago after fleeing armed conflicts. 

Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says that the FMD was first reported in the area mid-last month but has been multiplying due to the lack of response to contain it. 

He stretched that the district has imposed temporary restrictions on animals’ movement in Attiak Sub County in a move to contain the further spread of the disease. 

//Cue i: ‘’of course it…   

Cue out: …acquire the medication.’’//   

Lakony added that they have written to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) requesting vaccines two weeks ago but they have not responded adding the area has currently been cordoned. 

//Cue in: ‘’we have got…  

Cue out: …closer to 2,000.’’//   

On the fate of the South Sudanese, Lakony said that a communication has been made to the Office of the Prime Minister to relocate the asylum seekers to a gazetted area.   

Samuel Ochor, the Amuru District Veterinary Officer noted that interventions are being set up to contain the spread.  

In October last year, Amuru District also registered an outbreak of the disease. Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of livestock that has a significant economic impact.   

The disease affects cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and other cloven-hoofed ruminants.   

It is a transboundary animal disease (TAD) that profoundly affects livestock production and disrupts regional and international trade in animals and animal products.

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