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Ugandan Cattle Markets Close in Seven Districts

05 January 2009

UGANDA - Butcheries and livestock markets in seven northern Uganda districts have been closed due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Veterinary officers in the affected districts said at least 300 head of cattle had died of the disease.

They added that the ban had also affected beef sales over the weekend.

The affected districts are Lira, Apac, Amuru, Amolatar, Pader, Dokolo and Oyam.

Lira veterinary officer Dr. Wilson Okwir said at least 80 cattle had died in Amac, Olilim and other sub-counties.

He said over 70,000 animals in the district were at risk of attack of the disease if they are not vaccinated in time.

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Source: TheNewVision


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