Bird flu breaks out in the country; Masaka district declares it a disaster

Chicken infected with bird flu. COURTESY PHOTO



The National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) has confirmed the outbreak of Avian influenza also known as Bird Flu in in the country.

Tests undertaken by NADDEC confirmed that the massive deaths of wild, domestic ducks and chicken along the shores of Lake Victoria in Masaka District in Bukakata Landing site are caused by the virus.

“We do not want to take any risks as the virus has been found to cause deaths in human beings elsewhere,” state minister for Agriculture Christopher Kibanzanga said.

Masaka District LC V Chairman Jude Mbabali has said: “We have already declared it a disaster and at local level, all measures are being taken to control the spread by quarantining affected areas among other measures.”

A safety committee has also been set up to liaise with the National team, to avoid the spread of highly infectious virus.

The outbreak has been attributed to infected migrating birds from Asian and Europe to Uganda. Lake Victoria shores receive hundreds of these migrating birds and they are a source of attraction for many tourists.



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