. Paul Mumwata, a livestock farmer, says that he lost his two animals on Saturday to the disease. He says that the animals presented with difficulties in breathing and by the time he called a vet, it was too late to save them.
Swollen and condemned liver after Postmortem
disease is killing cattle in Bududa district. According to reports by farmers,
over 20 animals have succumbed to the tick-borne disease within the past two
in Bumayoka, Bulucheke, Nalwanza sub-counties and Kuushu town council are the
most affected. Paul Mumwata, a livestock farmer, says that he lost his two
animals on Saturday to the disease. He says that the animals presented with difficulties
in breathing and by the time he called a vet, it was too late to save them.
says that he lost another animal with similar symptoms in June this year.
Sam Nambale, another farmer says that they are worried about investing in rearing
animals following the strange deaths of animals each week. He said that they
can hardly go a week without losing an animal in their village to the disease.
Amina Nandala, another farmer says that despite
getting help from veterinary doctors at Sub County, it has not helped them
get rid of the disease. John Okoth, the Bududa Veterinary Officer, says Anaplasmosis
disease is the topmost disease-affecting cattle in Bududa followed by east
He has asked farmers to embrace spraying of their animals against
ticks since they spread the disease. He advises them to spray their cattle
monthly in order to mitigate adverse effects on their animals.
is a tick-borne disease caused by the rickettsia parasites known as Anaplasma
marginale and Anaplasma centrale alias yellow-bag or yellow fever and is
spread by ticks. The disease presents with a lack of appetite, anaemia, and fever,
difficulty in breathing, weight loss and breathlessness among others in
post-mortem, the animal presents with swollen liver, pancreas, lungs and spleen