Gulu has imposed a quarantine on pigs and restricted their movement in the district.This was after over 150 pigs died of African swine fever in Odek, Lakwana, Koro and Bardege sub-counties in the last five months.
“There is no vaccine or medicine for African Swine Fever. The only control is to restrict movement in the affected areas,” said Dr. Tonny Aliro, the district veterinary officer.
He said 40 pigs died at Binya village in Odek sub-county and more than 50 others died at Awoo village in Lakwana sub-county in August.
Between September and October, over 20 pigs died at Opok village in Koro sub-county and 18 others died at Obiya-West village in Bardege division in Gulu district.
“The disease causes general body weakness, the skin of the pig turns red and it dies within two to three days,” Aliro told New Vision on Wednesday.
“We are still investigating where African swine fever came from,” he explained.
Aliro said the Police would arrest anyone who violated the quarantine order.
He said though some residents were eating the carcasses of the dead pigs, the disease does not affect human beings.
Aliro attributed the isolated deaths of cattle in some places to tick-borne infections that occur when farmers do not spray their animals regularly.
According to David Lacan-Makwo, a resident, about 20 cattle have so far died in Cwero in Paicho sub-county.