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