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Livestock Quarantine Imposed in Kotido

In a letter dated October 11th and written by Dr Kiconco Doris, the Commissioner Animal Health in the Ministry of Health, the quarantine will prohibit the sale, purchase, and restrict the movement of cattle, goats, sheep and pigs as well as their products.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has imposed a livestock quarantine in Panyanganra and Nakapelimoru Sub Counties, Kotido District following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.

In a letter dated October 11th and written by Dr Kiconco Doris, the Commissioner Animal Health in the Ministry of Health, the quarantine prohibits the sale, purchase, and restrict the movement of cattle, goats, sheep and pigs as well as their products.

The indefinite quarantine takes immediate effect. It also prohibits movement of all animals through Panyangara and Nakaplimoru Sub Counties until the disease has been contained.

Ambrose Lotukei, the Kotido District Chairperson, appealed to the cattle keepers in the two Sub Counties to cooperate with the local government in containing the outbreak.

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Kennedy Okuda, the District Production Officer Kotido District says the district has received 5, 000 dozes of Foot and Mouth doses from the government following their request on 10 October 2018.

But Okuda says the district needed at least 90, 000 doses to vaccinate livestock in the two Sub Counties.

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Henry Mulondo, the Kotido District Veterinary Officer, says that the disease may have spread to the district through livestock entering from Turkana in Kenya.

He says that the authorities have written to Turkana County Administration asking them to vaccinate it's livestock before they are cross into Kotido.

The outbreak has been confirmed at a time when pastoralists from Kotido and parts of Karamoja move to the neighbouring sub-regions of Teso, Lango and Acholi.

 

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