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Jinja City Confirms FMD Outbreak

Jinja city authorities have confirmed the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease- FMD. The disease is prevalent in Masese, Jinja central business area and Budondo.

Speaking to URN on Saturday, Rajab Kiito, the Public Relations Officer Jinja city, said FMD is mainly affecting pastoralists who graze their cattle along different streets within the city.

He says the veterinary department has organized meetings with relevant stakeholders to ensure that all animals are sprayed with approved herbicides to contain further spread of FMD.

He says that they have since notified Ministry of agriculture on the need to vaccinate all the cattle within Jinja city and the surrounding areas.

Kiito further says that the city’s veterinary department has set up different checkpoints to ensure that all animals are screened before being cleared to enter Jinja city abattoirs.

Isaac Mudumba owns 15 head of cattle, which are infected with FMD. He says that he is currently relying on private veterinary officers to contain the disease.

“Two of my cows showed signs of FMD in mid-July and I hired a private veterinary officer to spray them. However, the disease continued to spread to the rest of the animals in the kraal,” he said.

Another herdsman who spoke on condition of anonymity says that he has registered 32 cases of FMD in the past three weeks. “My herd has been badly hit by FMD, the animals are weakening every day but, I am positive that we shall have a sigh of relief after vaccination,” he said.

Musa Ssozi, the vice-chairperson of the cattle dealers and traders association, says that prior to last month’s Eid Adhuha celebrations, about 1500 head of cattle ferried from the different parts of the country were left to freely share grazing grounds with local animals within Jinja city.

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a viral disease of cloven-hoofed livestock and wildlife, including cattle, goats, swine, sheep and buffalos. It has occurred several times in Uganda since 1953 when it was first confirmed.

It is characterized by fever and blister-like sores on the tongue and lips, in the mouth, on the teats and between the hooves. The disease causes severe production losses, and while the majority of affected animals recover, the disease often leaves them weakened and highly unproductive.


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