By Weswa Ronnie
Following the outbreak of Anthrax disease in animals last week at Bududa and Namisindwa districts, authorities in Manafwa have stopped cross border movement of animals.
Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthrax. It occurs naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals. People can get sick with anthrax if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products like meat, milk among others.
According to Peter Henry Wotunya, the Manafwa district chief administrative officer, they have stopped the entry and exit of animals and their products like milk, meat hides among others from Manafwa or outside such that they can prevent the outbreak.
He adds that since the outbreak is in a neighboring district, it’s easy to come into Manafwa if animals and their products are left to enter into the district.
Denis Okello, the Manafwa district production officer warned traders against buying animals from the district or taking them from the district as a way of preventing the disease from entering the district.
He also says that they have put a police checkpoint at all roads entering the district saying that any trader who will be caught with animals or their products will be arrested.