Agriculture

Quarantine Announced in Kisoro after Rinderpest Break Out

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Authorities in Kisoro have announced a ban on the slaughter, sale and movement of animals in the district following a conformed outbreak of Pestes des Petits Ruminants (PPR) also known as Ovine Rinderpest.

Herbert Ngabo Bubasha, the Kisoro District Veterinary Officer says so far 11 cases have been registered in the sub counties of Nyakabande, Nyabwishenya and Mulora.

He says the ban is hoped to reduce on the disease spread. Markets will be closed untill the disease is contained.

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Ngabo says a team of veterinary officers has been deployed in every sub-county in Kisoro District to take blood samples from animals to be tested at the National Animal Disease Diagnostic and Epidemiology Centre in Entebbe.

The disease was last reported in the neighboring Rubanda district last month.

Ovine Rinderpest is a severe, fast-spreading disease of mainly domestic small ruminants. It is characterized by the sudden onset of depression, fever, discharges from the eyes and nose, sores in the mouth, disturbed breathing and cough, foul-smelling diarrhea and death.

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