African swine fever kills over 100 pigs in Arum, Agago
Robert Okeny Okwera, the Agago district veterinary officer said his office has not received complaints of African swine fever from Arum sub-county but confirmed the outbreak.
By Kinyera Anthony Lakomekec
Agago – February 16, 2022: Over one hundred pigs have succumbed to African swine fever within ten days in Alela parish in Agago district.
This is causing a public outcry and calls for interventions to end it.
Bosco Otua, a resident of Alela village, Alela parish in Arum sub-county, Agago district who rears pigs stated that his four pigs succumbed to an unknown disease.
He added that the disease is accompanied by general body weakness, nose dryness, temperature drop and that the pig usually lays in the sun which later results in death within three days.
According to a report obtained from James Omara Oyugi, the chairperson of Alela parish, the outbreak has so far killed more than 100 pigs in his area.
He added that the locals have resorted to eating the remains without proper clarity from the veterinary doctors.
Omara further urged the locals to desist from eating the meat but to remain vigilant because there is a worry of a possible outbreak of the unknown disease in humans.
Robert Okeny Okwera, the Agago district veterinary officer said that his office has not received complaints of African swine fever from Arum sub-county, except sub-counties of Lira Palwo, Patongo, and Adilang.
Okeny added that there is a need to sensitize and train people so that they know the various diseases that affect their animals.
“African swine fever is a viral disease that has no proper cure unless an animal is vaccinated against it,” the veterinary officer added.
He also said that farmers should know that the disease spreads very fast among pigs. “Only proper grazing methods can control the spread of the disease.”