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Amuru district announces quarantine in Attiak Sub-county over suspected FMD Outbreak

Amuru district announces quarantine in Attiak Sub-county over suspected FMD Outbreak
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A ban on the movement of cattle has been imposed by Authorities in Attiak Sub County, Amuru district due to a suspected outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).


Atiak sub-county borders Palaro Sub County in Gulu district where an outbreak of FMD has been reported and killed dozens of cattle.   


Now, in a move to prevent the disease from spreading to the area, the authorities say that they have indefinitely banned the movement of cattle in and out of Attiak Sub County to break the transmission chain of the disease in case of an infestation.   


According to Samuel Akera the Sub County Chairperson, the veterinary department has also been tasked to document the health status of all animals in grazing kraals within the area.  


He noted that they have also intensified surveillance and awareness among residents to report to the veterinary department any animals that may present with the signs and symptoms of FMD.


However, there are worries that cattle keepers in the area are reluctant in reporting on the health of their animals, which he says is greatly hampering their monitoring and surveillance aimed at preventing FMD from spreading into the area. 


The Veterinary Officer for Amuru district Batulumayo Okwonga, says no case of the disease has been reported to his office but there are rumors that some cattle in Attiak Sub County have presented suspected health ailments similar to FMD.

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