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60,000 Animals to Be Vaccinated Against Anthranx in West Nile

The most affected Sub Counties are Pawor, Rigbo and Rhino Camp all in Madi Okollo and Uriama in Arua district. Over 200 animals have died since last year of Anthrax and more than 20 people got infected after consuming meat of the dead animals in Arua and Madi Okollo district.
Dr. Willy Nguma Veterinary Officer Arua and coordinator One Health speaking to URN at his office on vaccination against Anthrax.

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More than 60,000 animals will be vaccinated against Anthrax in Arua and Madi Okollo districts.

The most affected Sub Counties are Pawor, Rigbo and Rhino Camp all in Madi Okollo and Uriama in Arua district. Over 200 animals have died since last year of Anthrax and more than 20 people got infected after consuming meat of the dead animals.

Dr Willy Nguma, the Veterinary officer Arua and focal point person says that the vaccination exercise will be implemented for the next three years starting this month.

He says that the government with support from the Food and agricultural Organization-FAO has secured free vaccines for one year to help the farmers in the most affected areas.   

According to Dr Nguma, Pigs, Goats, Sheep and Cattle are the main targets for the vaccination since they are the key hosts for the disease-causing organisms for Anthrax, RVF and Cough in animals.

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FAO has also donated two vaccine solar-powered freezers to the district for storing the vaccines. One of the freezers has already been set up in Omugo Sub County in Terego for easy access to Invepi and Uriama Sub Counties.

Innocent Afadriayo, a resident of Uriama Sub County who lost three herds of cattle last year says the vaccination is a welcome initiative which will help them save the lives of their animals.

"I lost my animals because I could not raise over 150,000 shillings to buy the vaccine and this exercise is most welcome," said Afadriayo..

Dr Nguma has also warned the public against consuming carcasses from dead animals, drinking half-boiled milk.