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
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
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
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
It is a Transboundary animal disease (TAD) that deeply affects the production
of livestock and disrupting regional and international trade in animals and
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