of Anthrax disease has been reported in Bududa District. This follows the death of 10 cows in Bumabara village, in Bunatsami sub-county.
District Agriculture Officer Dr. Felix Odongo says that tests carried out by
the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on Thursday confirmed the disease.
He says one
person succumbed to the disease and 13 others are undergoing treatment after
eating meat from an infected cow. He adds that they have tentatively halted the
sale of animals in the open market and also no movement of animals in and out
of the district.
Wamini, the Bunatsami Sub County councilor noted that the incident has caused
fear among the residents because meat from infected animals was being sold in
//Cue in: “Anyalisile kufa…
Cue out…losing kigali naabi”//
WHO for Animal Health, infected animals may present with high fever, muscle
tremors, and difficulty breathing seen shortly before the animal collapses and
dies.Unclotted blood may exude from all the natural openings and the body may
not stiffen after death.
Although routine vaccination has been identified as the only viable preventive
measure, local governments often rely on donations from other organizations to
acquire the vaccines.
In 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries upgraded
Anthrax as a priority bacterial animal disease but the government has not
started supplying the necessary vaccines to local governments.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.