Sheema district has been put on high alert following an outbreak of deadly rabies.
Mr.Joel Nabaasa the district animal husbandry production officer, says the incident was first noticed at Kitagata Farm Institute on Monday where a cow with all signs and symptoms of rabies died and since then two other cows and three goats’ have died.
Nabaasa says a sample of a brain was collected from a cow that died at Kitagata Farm Institute after it had developed rabies signs like hypersalivation, aggression and bellowing, and submitted to the National animal disease diagnostic and Epidemiology centre in Entebbe for confirmation and the results from the Lab returned positive thus, confirming the outbreak of rabies in the district.
He, however, says rabies is known in dogs and cats but the latest outbreak in farm animals has prompted the district authorities to put on alert the health department which has also informed all health centre In-charges. Mr. Nabaasa speaking….. Dr. Joseph Amanya the Sheema District Veterinary Officer says the disease is considered to be 100% fatal and a bite from an affected vector is the common cause of infection. END