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Foot and Mouth Disease Reported in Kotido

The Abim Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Ashaka has blamed the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease across the two districts to rampant theft of livestock, which escalates the spread of the disease. He asked local leaders to effectively enforce the quarantine.
An outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease has been reported in Kotido and Abim districts.

Consequently, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has imposed quarantine across the two districts.

Kotido District Veterinary Officer, Dr Henry Mulondo, says that the quarantine will be in effect for six months.

He says that the district has requested for 40,000 doses of vaccines from theministry of Agriculture and Animal Industry and Fisheries to vaccinate the livestock.

“We have sent a request to the ministry and we are waiting. I have asked for 40000 dozes but I know it will depend on the available resources,’’ said Dr Mulondo.

Dr Oscar Okeny the Veterinary Officer of Abim district also confirms that the quarantine has been imposed until the disease is eliminated.

He says that the Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with Food and Agriculture Organization FAO and other partners are procuring vaccines.

The Abim Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Ashaka has blamed the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease across the two districts to rampant theft of livestock, which escalates the spread of the disease. He urges local leaders to effectively enforce the quarantine.

Peter Sogol the Chairperson Kotido butchers’ Association has expressed worry that the ban on sale of meat, and other animal products could render them out of business.

Foot and Mouth is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of cattle and swine. It also affects sheep, goats, deer, and other cloven-hooved ruminants. 



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