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Uganda: Anthrax outbreak hits Arua

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    Anthrax outbreak hits Arua
    Thursday September 13 2018
    In Summary

    The MP for Lower Madi, Mr Ismail Ogama, said: I will have to approach the relevant ministries on this because we cannot continue losing lives of people and animals. The district should give us more documents so that I can present them on the floor of Parliament.
    Nineteen people were in April infected following the outbreak of the disease in Arua District.


    Arua. More than 1,000 animals have died following the outbreak of anthrax in Arua District.
    The disease has also claimed two people, according to the district veterinary officer, Dr Willy Nguma...

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    Information received on 22/03/2019 from Dr Anna Rose Ademun Okurut, Acting Commissioner, Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Entebbe, Uganda
    Report type Follow-up report No. 1
    Date of start of the event 17/05/2018
    Date of confirmation of the event 17/05/2018
    Report date 22/03/2019
    Date submitted to OIE 22/03/2019
    Reason for notification Unexpected change in the distribution or increase in morbidity or mortality of a listed disease
    Summary description The country has had anthrax suspected outbreaks in Arua, Kween and Kiruhura districts. These outbreaks have resulted in human and animal deaths.
    Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
    Causal agent Bacillus anthracis
    This event pertains to the whole country
    Related reports Immediate notification (18/05/2018)
    Follow-up report No. 1 (22/03/2019)
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Unknown or inconclusive
    Epidemiological comments There were sporadic rainfall patterns largely characterized by flooding, communal free rangeland grazing system, cultural orientation of the local population, poverty, consumption of dead animals and uninspected meat by veterinarians.
    Increased Distribution
    District Species
    Arua Goats
    Arua Sheep
    Kiruhura Cattle
    Kween Cattle
    Disease Impact
    Increased District Species Change
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Vaccination in response to the outbreak (s)
      Administrative division Species Total Vaccinated Details
      Arua Cattle 10000 Vaccination in affected areas
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • No other measures
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
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