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Kabarole District Implements Quarantine Measures Following Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak.

In a swift response to the alarming outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Kabarole district officials have declared a quarantine in an effort to contain and mitigate the spread of the highly contagious viral infection. The announcement was made yesterday during an emergency press conference held at the Resident District Commission offices.

The quarantine measure come after reports of confirmed cases of Foot and Mouth Disease in various parts of Kabarole District. The disease, which primarily affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, goats, and sheep has so far spread to 15 lower local governments in the district. According to Festus Bandeeba, the Kabarole district Resident Commissioner, the affected sub counties include; Rwengaju, Busoro, Hakibare, Kibasi, Kabende, Kicwamba, Harugongo, Kasenda,Karangura, Mugusu while town councils include Kaijura,Kiko and Mugusu.

The District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Mulondo Henry, outlined the immediate actions being taken to curb the spread of the disease. Under the quarantine measures, livestock transport within and out of the affected areas is strictly prohibited.

All livestock markets in the affected regions will be temporarily closed to prevent the congregation of animals and the potential for further transmission of the virus. Farmers and residents were also urged to cooperate with the authorities and report any signs of illness in their livestock promptly.

The district veterinary teams will be conducting surveillance and testing to identify and isolate infected animals. The quarantine measures will remain in place until the authorities are confident that the outbreak is under control, and the risk of further spread has been minimized.

Animals affected by foot and Mouth disease have a high temperature, which is followed by the development of blisters chiefly in the mouth and on the feet. However, in some species notably sheep and goats, the disease is frequently less severe or occurs as a sub-clinical infection.

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