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Alebtong Residents Complain Over Animal Quarantine



Residents of Alebtong district are complaining over the lack of livestock markets and have asked authorities to consider lifting the quarantine imposed two months ago.

All animal markets in the area were banned after the district leaders imposed a quarantine following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

The ban prohibits the sale of any livestock all the diary products in the district.

Patrick Opige Okwel, a former contestant for the district’s LC5 seat, says the district should consider lifting the quarantine. He says there are people whose livelihoods depend on the sale of livestock but are currently sliding to poverty as they fail to provide for their families.

He suspects foulplay behind the quarantine.

James Okello, says his business of dealing in livestock sale has badly been hurt.

Dr. Charles Noki, the Alebtong district veterinary officer, confirms the reported cases of the disease in Omoro subcounty. He says they are yet to get vaccines to immunize cattle in the disease.

Samuel Ongura, a resident of Omoro confirmed the disease infected his cattle.

Foot-and-mouth also known as hoof-and-mouth disease is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects hoofed animals including domestic and wild bovid. The virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

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