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Strange Disease Killing Goats, Sheep in Jinja

Robinah Kafuko, a resident of Buyengo trading center says that she has so far lost five goats to the strange disease. She says that despite isolating the infected goats and treating them outside the main herd, the disease has spread to the rest of the animals.
Elizabeth Bulilo showcases one of the goats affected by unidentified disease.

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Livestock farmers in Buyengo and Buwenge in Jinja district have expressed concern about a strange disease that is affecting goats and sheep. An infected goat or sheep presents with teary eyes, which turn white before they go blind. 

The animals also develop wounds in their private parts, mouth area, lose appetite and eventually collapse and die. Livestock farmers say the unidentified disease has claimed over 50 goats and eight sheep in the past weeks. 

Robinah Kafuko, a resident of Buyengo trading center says that she has so far lost five goats to the strange disease. She says that despite isolating the infected goats and treating them outside the main herd, the disease has spread to the rest of the animals.

//Cue in: “titwidhi obuzibu… 



Cue out…lwasowokayo,”//

Elizabeth Bulilo, another farmer says that she used to own about 80 goats and 15 sheep but has since lost 12 goats and two sheep. Bulilo says that she hired private veterinary officers to inspect the animals on a daily basis but most of them are now infected.    

//Cue in: “obuzibu…   

Cue out…bwe’dampwaku,”//  

Ben Muleyi, a resident of Buwolero village in Buwenge Sub County says that he has lost three goats. He, however, says that since they lack knowledge of disposing of such animals, some members of the public go ahead and consume their meat.

//Cue in: “nfunye…   

Cue out…omunwa nomulwaile,”//


James Muyinda, the LC 1 chairperson of Mawolero village says that some farmers desperately alert butchers to slaughter the ailing animals, whose meat is later on sold to unsuspecting members of the public.

Muyinda asks veterinary officials in the district to find ways of treating infected animals, saying the continued consumption of their meat might lead to health complications.  

//Cue in: “aba kyinjaji… 

 Cue out…embuzi diino,”//

Rose Okurut, the Commissioner Animal Health told URN on phone that they hadn’t received a formal report about the disease outbreak. She said they would send specialists to collect samples from infected animals for testing.

//Cue in: “that condition has…   

 Cue out…not, you know,”.                     

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