At least five hundred pigs in Amuru District have succumbed to the highly contagious African swine fever, a disease that majorly affects pigs.
The disease, according to the Amuru District Veterinary Officer, Dr Bathlemeo Okwonga broke out in the district about three months ago. He added that it is believed to have originated from Adjumani, a nearby West Nile district that has been experiencing the disease.
Dr Okwonga said the disease has been so intense in the sub-counties of Atiak, Pabbo, Lamogi and Amuru that border West Nile region. He added that in the past one week, the death rate of the pigs has declined.
He attributes the outbreak to the free movement of the animals in area without proper restriction guidelines in place.
Meanwhile, in the nearby district of Gulu, quarantine has already been placed to stem any possible spread of the disease.
Saturday October 29, 2011/ AllAfrica.