By Ambrose Kweronda
Authorities in the south-western district of Ntungamo have suspended all livestock markets in the area following an outbreak of the poxvirus.
The outbreak has been confirmed in the sub-counties of Itojo, Nyakyera, Rugarama and Ngoma.
Ntungamo District Veterinary Officer Dr. Yaake Basulira says the suspension of the livestock markets takes immediate effect and the authorities are working jointly with the security team in the district to ensure that the decision is enforced.
The poxvirus presents with symptoms that appear like lumpy skin disease especially in cattle but is very tough on goats and sheep.
It exists throughout the world and cause disease in humans and many other types of animals.
Basulira says locals must restrict the movement of all the animals to ensure that the situation does not get out of control.
Ntungamo district chairperson Samuel Mucunguzi has called on locals to work closely with the district’s production staff to ensure that the disease is wiped out and further spread is contained.
He adds that an urgent strategic disease control and management meeting has been called to lay strategies including vaccination, secondary, infection treatment, regulated livestock movement and trade.
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