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Lumpy Skin Disease Hits Rubanda District :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lumpy Skin Disease Hits Rubanda District

Twesigwomwe says that 8 cases have been registered in Bubaare six in Hamurwa five in Ruhija and four in Muko among others. He says that cattle were showing symptoms among others like; swollen lymph nodules, loss of appetite, depression, anorexia, rhinitis, conjunctivitis and excess salivation. He says that samples from the affected animals tested positive to the disease.
19 Jan 2020 11:01

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An outbreak of Lumpy skin disease has hit Rubanda district. The most affected sub-counties are Bubare, Hamurwa, Muko, Ruhija and Nyamweru. 

Lumpy skin disease is an infectious disease of cattle characterized by nodules on the skin and other parts of the body caused by the Neethling virus.

The disease is characterized by fever, enlarged superficial lymph nodes and multiple nodules measuring 2–5 cm in diameter on the skin and mucous membranes.

An infected animal may develop swellings in their limbs and exhibit lameness and tend to have permanent damage to their skin, lowering the commercial value of their hide.

It results in chronic weakness, reduces milk production, poor growth, infertility, abortion, and sometimes death of the animal.

Cosma Twesigwomwe, Rubanda district veterinary officer says that 8 cases have been registered in Bubaare six in Hamurwa five in Ruhija and four in Muko among others. 

Twesigwomwe says that cattle were showing symptoms among others like; swollen lymph nodules, loss of appetite, depression, anorexia, rhinitis, conjunctivitis and excess salivation. He says that samples from the affected animals tested positive to the disease.

According to Twesigwomwe, they have already received a directive from Ministry of Agriculture to carry out massive vaccination of all cattle in the district which are not yet infected. He also says that they have not yet imposed a quarantine against the movement of cattle in the district.

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Joanita Kobugabe, Rubanda district information officer says farmers are advised to remain vigilant by informing veterinary authorities in case they detect more cases. Kobugabe also urges farmers to be cooperative and allow their animals vaccinated to avoid spreading of the disease.

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