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Farmers in Bududa Decry Delayed Vaccination of Livestock Against Lumpy Skin

Last year, the district reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease in November and since then, animals have never been vaccinated. The outbreak was confirmed in Nalwanza, Bududa, Bushika and Bumasheti sub-counties.
Animal Suffering from Lumpy Skin Disease

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Farmers in Bududa district have decried the delayed vaccination of animals against Lumpy skin disease (LSD).

Lamp skin disease is an infectious disease caused by Proxivirus and presents with signs of lamps on the skin of an infected animal, high temperature, enlarged superficial Lymph nodes and loss of appetite among others.

Last year, the district reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease in November and since then, animals have never been vaccinated.   The outbreak was confirmed in Nalwanza, Bududa, Bushika and Bumasheti sub-counties.

Currently, the disease has spread to other sub-counties of Bumayoka, Bukalsi, Mabono, Bufuma and many others.

The disease is now worrying farmers in most sub-counties with others blaming the government for doing nothing to contain the spread.

Peninah Nambafu says that three of her cows have been affected by the disease. She wants vaccination of cattle expedited.

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John Wakoli, a livestock trader and farmer says the disease has affected their business because animals have lamps on their skin hence attracting low prices when they want to sell them.

Peter Wanda, another trader, blamed the government for delayed intervention to control more outbreaks in other sub-counties.

Dr Felix Odong, the Bududa District Production Officer says that they are set to buy 20,000 doses of LSD Vaccine. He adds that they will buy the vaccines in a phased manner due to limited funds. 

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