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Black Quarter Disease Kills 330 Cows in Pader

Dr. Robert. S. Okeny, the Pader District Veterinary Officer, has confirmed the outbreak. James Akera, a livestock farmer at Ideng B village in Burlobo Parish, Angagura Sub-County in Pader district, says he lost two head of cattle from his stock of 31 cattle to the deadly disease.
A total of 330 cows have died in Pader district due to an outbreak of the black quarter disease.

  Black Quarter disease is an infectious bacterial disease most commonly caused by Clostridium chauvoei, a Gram-positive bacterial species. It is seen in livestock all over the world, usually affecting cattle, sheep, and goats. The disease was also reported in Amuru district in West Acholi in March.  

Dr. Robert. S. Okeny, the Pader District Veterinary Officer, has confirmed the outbreak. James Akera, a livestock farmer at Ideng B village in Burlobo Parish, Angagura Sub-County in Pader district, says he lost two head of cattle from his stock of 31 cattle to the deadly disease.  

Akera says the cattle presented with several signs including limping, discharge of fluids from their mouths and nose before they collapsed and died few days after the illness.  

He had to sell off a cow to raise Shillings 140,000 for vaccinating the remaining livestock. He says they are not presenting any symptom of the disease as yet.  

Francis Otyeng, a farmer of Jupa Village in Kalawinya Parish, Angagura Sub-County in Pader district, says he also lost nine out of his 12 cows to the disease between February and March.  

Dicken Ojok, the Angagura Sub-County LC V councilor, says the disease killed an average of 87 cattle in a space of three weeks before farmers took it serious.  

He says the most affected areas include Kalawinya, Pungole, and Pucota Parishes, adding that it forced the Ministry of Agriculture to impose quarantine on the district. Since the disease was confirmed, consumption and sale of cattle have been banned.  

Tony Awany, the Deputy Pader Resident District Commissioner attributes the increase in the number of cattle mortalities to fake veterinary doctors taking advantage of the situation. He says government has begun vaccinating animals in the district to control the spread of the disease.  

Awany says at least 4,000 of the estimated 80,000 cattle in Pader district have been vaccinated against the disease.  

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