Locals thrown out of game reserve

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Karimojong pastoralists in Kaabong District have been hit hard by a disease which has killed more than 3,000 cattle.

Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), a highly infectious livestock disease, has killed about 3,500 cattle in the last seven months.

Dr Fred Eladu, the Kaabong District veterinary officer, confirmed the CBPP prevalence in the area and described the disease as endemic. He appealed to the government to expedite the vaccination of CBPP before it degenerates into a disaster. “The current infection may drastically limit the multiplication of cattle in the area,” he said.

According to Dr Eladu, five per cent of 122,000 animals in Kaabong die of the contagious disease every month. Mr Joseph Komol Midi, the district chairman, blamed the disease widespread on farmers’ failure to have their animals vaccinated.

Meanwhile, cattle markets in the two Karamoja districts of Napak and Nakapiripirit have been closed following the outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease. Kotido District Veterinary Officer Pascal Pavuga confirmed the outbreak.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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