are holding three people accused of selling pork to the public from a carcass
of a pig believed to have succumbed to African swine fever.
The suspects are
Kenneth Wadulu, Junior Mafabi and Charles Wodikinyi, all residents of Bukalu
village, Bugwagi parish in Buwasa Sub County in Sironko district.
Nakachera, an eye witness says that residents alerted the authorities after seeing
the suspects selling pork at their butchery from a dead pig.
‘’ebele sawa kuminemu’’…………
‘’Khwasobolo khu wamba’’
John Wanzala, the Sironko District Veterinary Officer, says that eating pork
from a pig infected by African swine fever fuels the spread of the disease.
that they banned the sale and consumption of pork in Buwasa and Buwalasi sub
counties and Bugusege town council last month because of the swine fever
outbreak but some people have remained adamant.
Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Region police spokesperson, says that the suspects
were found in possession of 67 kilograms of pork that they were selling. He says
they will be charged with the deliberate spread of disease under the public health
African swine fever (ASF) is an infectious disease that
affects domestic and wild pigs of all breeds and ages. It presents with high
fever, haemorrhages and a high mortality rate.
According to pigsite.com contamination
generally occurs via direct contact with tissue and bodily fluids from infected
or carrier pigs, including discharges from the nose, mouth, urine and faeces or
It also spreads through
transport and consumption of contaminated food products and some cases have
originated from failure to comply with biosecurity standards by feeding waste
food to domestic pigs.