Cattle farmers in Kashambya sub County, Kabale District are hit by yet another outbreak of lymph Skin disease. This is the second time within a space of six months that a similar outbreak is registered in the same area.
In April, this tear, the areas Nyakatojo II, Nyakitabire in Nyakasebeya parish, Nyabushoro parish, and Rushekyera in Rutengye Parish were severely hit by the outbreak which has now stretched to the parishes of Ntaraga and Kitanga in the latest spate.
Lymph is a pox disease characterized by fever, nodules on the skin, mucous membranes and sometimes death. Farmers say that animals start by swellings on the skin and lose appetite before succumbing to the disease in a period of about five to Six days. They add that the disease causes a temporary reduction in milk production, sterility in bulls, and damage to hides which make it one of the worst economic challenges.
John Nzabandora, one of the affected farmers from Kitanga Parish is concerned that there seems to be no deliberate effort to address the outbreak. Nzabandora faults the district veterinary department for acting only when the situation has gone out of hand.
Macklin Kyasimire, another farmer from Kitanga blames the fresh outbreak on the mismanagement of previous cases.
The Kabale District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Bernard Kabagambe advises farmers to isolate the affected animals to avoid further spread of the disease.
Kabagambe also describes as unfortunate the failure by farmers to vaccinate their animals with penicillin antibiotics which stop the secondary bacterial infection and instead wait for government intervention.
He says that the drug which stops the continuation of the bacterial infection and subsequent death of the animals is available on the market.