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Lamwo Contains Outbreak of Infectious Cattle Disease :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lamwo Contains Outbreak of Infectious Cattle Disease

Isaac Lumago, the Madi-opei Sub County Veterinary Officer says the bacterial disease was first reported in Ywaya village in Madi-Opei Sub county before spreading to Oryang village in Pobura Parish, Madi-opei sub county.
Local farmers grazing their cattle in Kitgum District.
An outbreak of a highly contagious bacterial disease that claimed lives of cattle in Madi-Opei Sub county in Lamwo District has been contained. 

Several livestock farmers in the Parishes of Lawiye and Pobura in Madi-opei sub county were left in panic last month after 39 of their cattle died after a short illness to a strange disease. 

However, an investigation conducted by Veterinary officers revealed that the animals succumbed to an outbreak of Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia-CBPP, a bacterial disease that affects lungs of animals.

Isaac Lumago, the Madi-opei Sub County Veterinary Officer says the bacterial disease was first reported in Ywaya village in Madi-Opei Sub county before spreading to Oryang village in Pobura Parish, Agoro sub county.

He says a team of veterinary officers in the sub county quickly mobilized for vaccination after receiving consignments of vaccines from government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

Lumago says the vaccination that has been going for the better part of November has proved successful since no other death cases related to the bacterial disease was reported in the sub county.

He however says despite the situation being normal, their efforts to continue with vaccination is being met with resistance from a section of farmers who don’t want their animals vaccinated.

Lamwo LCV Chairperson John Komakech Ogwok says the district is investing in animal health and notes that they recently established a mini vet laboratory to conduct simple test on outbreak of animal diseases.

He says although their response was fast to contain the disease, challenges of transport for the veterinary officers and extension workers remains key impediment in reaching out to remote areas to routinely vaccinate animals.

Ogwok also appealed to livestock farmers to cooperate with the veterinary officers on vaccination exercises to enable eradication of the highly contagious bacterial disease.

Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia disease is manifested by loss of appetite, fever and respiratory signs, such as rapid respiratory rate, cough and nasal discharges and painful, difficult breathing in cattle.  

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