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Uganda: Swine Fever Hits Kasese

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Farmers in Kasese Municipality have started counting losses following an outbreak of the African swine fever in the district that has claimed a number of pigs.

The disease has so far claimed 26 pigs from the areas of Kilembe, Namhuga and Nyakabingo III wards and at least five farmers have lost their pigs to the viral disease within one week.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease which affects both domestic and wild pigs. It is caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family, which also infects ticks of the genus Ornithodoros.

It is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and exhaustion in pigs.


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