By Johnbosco Tugume
Pig farmers in Masindi district are counting loses following an outbreak of African swine fever which has claimed over 150 pigs.
African swine fever, a viral disease that affects pigs broke out in the villages of Nyantonzi and Nyabyeya, Budongo sub-county Masindi district about two weeks ago.
Dr Fred Ssebuguzi, the Masindi District Veterinary Officer told Kampala Post that at least three sub-counties are affected with the worst-hit being Budongo sub-county.
He describes the disease as endemic adding that it keeps re-occurring.
According to Ssebuguzi, in an effort to contain its spread, a quarantine has been issued to regulate movement and slaughter of pigs in the affected areas.
Dr Ssebuguzi explains that there is no vaccine for Swine Fever but advises farmers to restrict the movement of their pigs from mixing up with the sick ones.
Ssebuguzi adds that people visiting piggery farms must disinfect themselves with jik because it is known for killing the swine-causing virus.
He cautions residents against buying pork from untrusted dealers or joints. He said a team of veterinary doctors are supposed to inspect and check every pig to be slaughtered to ensure people are not fed with infected meat.