According to the veterinary department, more than 50 pigs have died in Masaka due to an outbreak of African Swine Fever.
In the last week, deaths have been reported in the Nyendo-Mukungwe division’s villages of Luvule, Bulayi, and Sunga, as well as Ssenyange and Kijabwemi.
The outbreak has been confirmed by Peter Ssennabulya, the City’s Veterinary Officer, who says it could spread to nearby villages if nothing is done to stop it.
As of Wednesday, more than 30 older pigs and numerous immature ones have died, according to Ssennabulya.
Swine fever is a highly contagious and infectious disease that spreads quickly among pigs and has no cure.
A sick pig or piglet will have a high fever, lose appetite, have difficulty breathing, turn purple, and die within two or three days.
Farmers and pork dealers have been cautioned by Ssennabulya to avoid selling or eating meat from diseased pigs since it may harm their health.
To stop the spread of the deadly disease, he has also encouraged farmers to limit farm visits and bury or burn the carcasses of afflicted pigs.
According to Ssennabulya, a surveillance team of veterinary extension workers has been deployed to inform the affected villages and monitor the situation.
Harriet Najjuuko, who operates a pork business at Ssaza Trading Centre, claims that they are unaware of the disease and that the pigs she gets from her farm are healthy.
She asks city and district veterinary officials to keep an eye on pig slaughterhouses and spray every pigsty.
Hillary Lugemwa of Kimaamya village says his piggery project is in jeopardy because his neighbor has already lost four piglets.
African swine flu struck Masaka in 2017, killing around 300 pigs on a single farm in Mwalo Village, Kimannya/Kyabakuza Division.
Hundreds of pigs died in Kabonera sub-county and localities like Kabonera ‘B,’ Kiziba, Kasanje, and Kyamuyimbwa in 2015.