Sheema District authorities have banned the movement and sale of
Pigs and Pig products following the suspected outbreak of African swine fever.
The ban has been imposed in the town councils of Kitagata, Shuuku,
Bugongi, Rugarama, Kasaana, and Kitagata Sub County.
Dr Joseph Amanya, the Sheema District Veterinary Officer says that
more than 60 pigs in Kitagata sub-county have signs of African swine fever while
others had died.
//Cue in: “ngu egomborora zoona…
Cue out: …egyo okutwakubasa kugyerinda.”//
Dr Amanya asked the farmers to isolate all the sick pigs and carry
out proper disposal of the carcass and disinfect regularly and avoid visiting
Alex Boona, a Pig Farmer in Kitagata Sub County says that he has
lost 21 pigs in three days and he suspects that disease was from Buyanja in
//Cue in: “iferirwe empunu 21…
Cue out: …empunu 21 zikafa.”//
Eldard Asiimwe, another farmer in Shuuku Town council says he has
lost 6 pigs and 32 piglets.
He suspects that the disease might have come through the feeds he
brought from a pork joint in Kyeibanga trading centre.
//Cue in: “omukiro kimwe zikatandika…
Cue out: …nka gavumenti ekimukutekatekaho.”//
Dr Amanya says they have picked samples and submitted them to
National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) in Entebbe
and are waiting on the results.
African swine fever is a highly contagious and deadly viral
disease that presents a lack of appetite, red skin, bloody diarrhoea, vomiting
in the affected pig.
African Swine Fever is spread through direct contact with infected
pigs, faeces or body fluids. indirect contact with tools used on the farm,
vehicles or people who work with pigs between pig farms with ineffective
biosecurity and also pigs eating infected pig meat or meat products.