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Attiak Sub County Bans Cattle Movement over Suspected Outbreak of FMD

Samuel Akera, the Attiak Sub County Chairperson says that the veterinary department has also been tasked to document the health status of all animals in grazing kraals within the area.
Trucks loaded with cattle that were intercepted in Attiak Sub County. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Authorities in Attiak Sub County, Amuru district have imposed a ban on the movement of cattle due to a suspected outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

The sub-county borders Palaro Sub County in Gulu district where an outbreak of FMD has been reported and killed dozens of cattle.   

In a move to prevent the disease from spreading to the area, the authorities say that they have indefinitely banned the movement of cattle in and out of Attiak Sub County to break the transmission chain of the disease in case of an infestation.   

Samuel Akera, the Attiak Sub County Chairperson says that the veterinary department has also been tasked to document the health status of all animals in grazing kraals within the area.  

Akera added that they have also intensified surveillance and awareness among residents to report to the veterinary department any animals that may present with the signs and symptoms of FMD.

However, Aggrey Akera, the Male Councilor for Attiak Sub County expressed worries that cattle keepers in the area are reluctant in reporting on the health of their animals, which he says is greatly hampering their monitoring and surveillance aimed at preventing FMD from spreading into the area. 

//Cue in: ‘’we are advising…   

Cue out: …that confined place.’’//   

He added that farmers have also been advised to burn carcasses of animals that died of unknown diseases. 

//Cue in: ‘’the standing measure…   

Cue out: …our Sub County.’’//  

Batulumayo Okwonga, the Veterinary Officer for Amuru district says no case of the disease has been reported to his office but there are rumours that some cattle in Attiak Sub County have presented suspected health ailments similar to FMD.

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 deeply affects the production of livestock and disrupting regional and international trade in animals and animal products.   

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