Jinja city authorities have confirmed
the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD. The disease is prevalent in Masese,
Jinja central business area and Budondo.
Speaking to URN on Saturday, Rajab Kiito, the Public Relations Officer Jinja
city, said FMD is mainly affecting pastoralists who graze their cattle along
different streets within the city.
He says the veterinary department has
organized meetings with relevant stakeholders to ensure that all animals are
sprayed with approved herbicides to contain further spread of FMD.
He says that they have since notified Ministry of agriculture on the
need to vaccinate all the cattle within Jinja city and the surrounding areas.
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Kiito further says that the city’s veterinary department has set up different
checkpoints to ensure that all animals are screened before being cleared to
enter Jinja city abattoirs.
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Isaac Mudumba owns 15 head of cattle, which are infected with FMD. He says that
he is currently relying on private veterinary officers to contain the disease.
"Two of my cows showed signs of
FMD in mid-July and I hired a private veterinary officer to spray them. However,
the disease continued to spread to the rest of the animals in the kraal,” he said.
Another herdsman who spoke on condition of anonymity says that he has
registered 32 cases of FMD in the past three weeks. “My herd has been badly hit
by FMD, the animals are weakening every day but, I am positive that we shall
have a sigh of relief after vaccination,” he said.
Musa Ssozi, the vice-chairperson of the cattle dealers and traders association,
says that prior to last month’s Eid Adhuha celebrations, about 1500 head of
cattle ferried from the different parts of the country were left to freely
share grazing grounds with local animals within Jinja city.
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Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a viral disease of cloven-hoofed
livestock and wildlife, including cattle, goats, swine, sheep and buffalos. It
has occurred several times in Uganda since 1953 when it was first
It is characterized by fever and blister-like sores on the
tongue and lips, in the mouth, on the teats and between the hooves. The disease causes severe production losses, and while the
majority of affected animals recover, the disease often leaves them weakened
and highly unproductive.