By EMMA MURUNGI
Rukungiri district has received 10,000 doses of vaccine from the office of commissioner for animal health Entebbe to immunise healthy goats and sheep in the district against peste des petis ruminant’s diseases also known as goat plague that broke out in the district last month.
Peste des petis ruminants is an acute, highly contagious and transboundary viral disease that can affect both goats and sheep.
Its severe, fast spreading and causes high morbidity and mortality among the affected animals.
It was confirmed last month in the sub counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje in Rukungiri district after killing a big number of goats and sheep.
Dr Johnson Ninsiima, the Rukungiri district veterinary officers says after confirming the outbreak of peste des petis ruminants disease in the district he wrote to the officer of commissioner for animal health Entebbe who last week on Friday sent the district 10,000 doses of vaccine to immunize healthy goats and sheep in the affected areas in order to curb further spread of the disease.
According to Dr Ninsiima the district will start immunizing healthy goats and sheep from the sub counties of Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje against peste des petis ruminants’ disease hence urging owners of goats and sheep to be cooperative when the exercise commences.