Rukiga district institutes livestock quarantine over Peste des petites outbreak

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NEWS- Authorities in Rukiga district have instituted a temporal quarantine on moving, selling, slaughtering of goats and sheep in the district to curtail the spread of Peste des petites ruminants (PPR) disease in the district.

This was reached after it was established that over 116 goats and sheep have already died of the diseases which were first detected in Mparo town council later to Kashabya Sub County before it spread all over the district.

In an exclusive interview with our reporter, the Rukiga District Veterinary Officer Dr. Bukoosi Godfrey, described Peste des petites ruminants (PPR) disease as an acute or subacute viral disease of goats and sheep characterized by fever, necrotic stomatitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, and sometimes death.

Dr. Bukoosi said that the disease is more dangerous and it kills animals in less than three days after contraction.

When asked about the vaccination process, he said that they have informed the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries about the problem and found that vaccines were out of stock however with promises to get it soon.

He added that the immediate instituted measures will help them to have all goats and sheep vaccinated against the disease, thus encouraging those who can afford to buy Vaccines to do so rather than waiting for the Ministry.

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Dr. Bukoosi further advised farmers to privately vaccinate their animals, avoid communal grazing, and isolate the infected ones as well as reporting to VET doctors in case goats or a sheep show any sign of the disease.

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Peste des petites ruminants (PPR) was first reported in Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) in 1942 and subsequently in other parts of West Africa.

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