Pig Movement Banned in Kitgum over Swine Fever

The District Secretary for Production and Marketing Emmanuel Langabi Oryema says the ban was imposed to avoid further spread of the African Swine Fever disease.

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The Kitgum district veterinary department has instituted a ban on movement of pigs following an outbreak of the highly contagious African Swine Fever that has claimed many animals in the district.

The outbreak of swine fever was first confirmed in the villages of Oget in Pajimo parish and Barjere in Lamit parish all in Labongo Akwang Sub County where an estimated over 500 pigs have been killed since the outbreak of the disease two months ago. 

The District Secretary for Production and Marketing Emmanuel Langabi Oryema says the ban is imposed to stop farmers from carrying infected pigs to areas without infected animals so as to avoid further spread of the disease to other areas. 

According to Oryema, movement and slaughter of infected pigs and consumption of pork in Labongo Akwang sub County is prohibited with immediate effect until further notice.

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Oryema however has assurance thepublic that the department is working hard to bring the outbreak under control adding that the sub county veterinary officers had embarked on a survey to establish the extent that the viral disease could spread to other parts of the district.  The Kitgum district veterinary Officer Dr. Alfred says the district has already notified the commissioner of Animal health at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries about the ban that will be succeeded by a possible quarantine.   

Kinyera says the movement ban is timely since transmission of the viral disease is by farms getting exposed to infected pigs. 

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According to Dr. Kinyera, African swine fever kills pig herds within a short time after contracting the virus and is characterized by high fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs. 

Dr. Kinyera urged farmers to take extra care of their pigs by following bio-security measures to prevent the disease from spreading and quickly reporting cases of pigs showing any symptoms, to their respective area veterinary officers.