Swine fever leaves over 500 pigs dead in Kahama District

19Jan 2021
The Guardian
Swine fever leaves over 500 pigs dead in Kahama District

AFRICAN swine fever has killed more than 500 pigs in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region in just one month, authorities confirmed.

Kahama District Commissioner, Anamringi Macha.

Kahama District Commissioner, Anamringi Macha told reporters here over the weekend that said pigs had been killed since the African swine fever, a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, broke out in late December 2020.

He said that following the outbreak of the disease, district authorities have banned the sale of pork to protect consumers after a survey showed that the disease was spreading like wildfire.

According to him, the district authorities in collaboration with the central government are working hard to ensure that the disease is controlled before it spreads to neighbouring districts and regions.

According to him  over 500 pigs have died in a short time due to the outbreak.

“Some of the initial symptoms of the disease is the pigs lack of appetite, red skin, (bloody) diarrhea, vomiting. bleeding, cyanosis (blue skin) and necrosis of parts of the skin (blackening) may occur. The pigs may also abort upon infection.

 Macha said that the decision was meant to prevent the infection from spreading in other districts and regions because it has no vaccine for prevention.  

“We just want our people to remain safe, we also wish good for all people in other parts of the country that’s why we are taking all these efforts. So anyone who will see someone transporting the animal please report him to the nearby leadership for legal measures,”

The DC banned transportation of the animal from one place to another without having permission from a certified doctor.

Dr Damian Kilyenyi, extension officer said that more deliberate efforts are ongoing to ensure that the disease is controlled.

Some of the traders commended the government for taking the measures early because this will fight the spread of the disease

Salvatory Moshi, pigs’ trader in Kahama said that he will adhere to the government’s directives so as to protect consumers’ health.

In March 2018, more than 900 pigs were killed by the African swine fever in Ruvuma Region.

In another development, DC Macha warned parents who will fail to send their children in schools who were enrolled to join Form One stern measures will be taken against them.

 “We will supervise to ensure that all children who have been selected to join secondary education go to school, we will not hesitate to auction livestock of the parents so as to enable the child/children attend school, so if a parent has cattle, goats, sheep or any animal, we will sell one of them and the money will be used to buy basic school needs of the child,” he lamented.

According to him, as the majority of the farmers in the district are currently drying tobacco they usually take youths to work in the farms including those who are supposed to be in school. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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