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There is a confirmed outbreak of the Foot and Mouth outbreak four districts in Bugisu Region. The affected districts include Mbale, Manafwa, Namisindwa and Bududa. Dr. Felix Odongo, the Bududa District Veterinary Officer, says the disease was first noticed in Bumasete and Bududa sub counties on Friday last week.

He explains that to minimize the spread of the disease to other sub counties the district has banned the movement of livestock and animal products from the affected sub counties to other areas in the district. Dr. Odongo also says they have banned the sale of milk and slaughter of animals in both sub counties.

He says they have written to the Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Ministry for intervention. The Foot and Mouth disease – FMD is an infectious viral disease that attacks hoofed domestic and wild animals. It can be spread by infected animals and their products, vehicles and feeds.

FMD causes fever in infected animals followed by blisters, largely in the mouth and feet of cloven-footed animals, such as cattle. “I advise people not to eat the meat from such animals,” Dr. Odongo said. Dr. Denis Okello, the Manafwa and Namisindwa District Veterinary Officer, says the disease was first noticed in the district in September.

SOURCES: URN

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