Last year, the district reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease in November and since then, animals have never been vaccinated. The outbreak was confirmed in Nalwanza, Bududa, Bushika and Bumasheti sub-counties.
Farmers in Bududa district have decried the delayed vaccination of
animals against Lumpy skin disease (LSD).
Lamp skin disease is an infectious disease caused by Proxivirus
and presents with signs of lamps on the skin of an infected animal, high
temperature, enlarged superficial Lymph nodes and loss of appetite among
Last year, the district reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease
in November and since then, animals have never been
vaccinated. The outbreak was confirmed in Nalwanza, Bududa,
Bushika and Bumasheti sub-counties.
Currently, the disease has spread to other sub-counties of
Bumayoka, Bukalsi, Mabono, Bufuma and many others.
The disease is now worrying farmers in most sub-counties with others
blaming the government for doing nothing to contain the spread.
Peninah Nambafu says that three of her cows have been affected by
the disease. She wants vaccination of cattle expedited.
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John Wakoli, a livestock trader and farmer says the disease has affected their
business because animals have lamps on their skin hence attracting low prices
when they want to sell them.
Peter Wanda, another trader, blamed the government for delayed
intervention to control more outbreaks in other sub-counties.
Dr Felix Odong, the Bududa District Production Officer says that they
are set to buy 20,000 doses of LSD Vaccine. He adds that they will buy the
vaccines in a phased manner due to limited funds.