Foot-and-mouth disease strikes three districts

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 26 June 2020 at 12:18

Three districts in the Eastern Province have been placed under livestock quarantine by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, following detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease in livestock, in Kayonza.

The said districts are Kayonza, Gatsibo and Kirehe districts. The first signs of the disease were observed in cattle in Kahi Cell, Gahini Sector, and also in Kanyinya Cell, Ndego Sector, both in Kayonza District.

The announcement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources issued on Wednesday evening state that the livestock whose movements were banned include cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep.

The sectors under animal quarantine are Gahini, Ndego, Mwiri, and Murundi in Kayonza District, Kiziguro, Rwimbogo, and Kabarore in Gatsibo District, and Nasho and Mpanga in Kirehe District.

The farmers in the sectors in question are urged to vaccinate all cows above six months old, according to the directive from the ministry. If a farmer detects any cow with symptoms, they are instructed to report to their veterinarian or nearest local leader.

The foot-and-mouth symptoms include, blisters in the mouth and on feet, drop in milk production, loss of appetite, quivering lips, and frothing of mouth.

Three districts in the Eastern Province have been placed under livestock quarantine following the detection of FMD, a highly contagious viral disease in livestock, in Kayonza.

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