Sumbawanga — DESPITE a quarantine being introduced in Sumbawanga and Kalambo districts in Rukwa Region following the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), control measures are yet to make significant difference as the disease is reported to have spread and has hit communities in Nkasi District.
This was revealed in reports presented before the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) held at Laela township in Sumbawanga District chaired by the Rukwa Regional Commissioner, Ms Stella Manyanya.
Reports have it that the outbreak of ASF has spread to Mpanga village at Mambwekenya ward in Kalambo District neighbouring Zambia despite the quarantine was officially imposed on March 3, this year, in Sumbawanga and Kalambo districts respectively in a bid to prevent it spreading to other areas in the region.
"However, despite the quarantine an ASF outbreak was reported to hit other wards in the region and spread to Nkasi District which was not affected since the outbreak of the disease was first reported in November 2012, read part of the report.
According to reports, November, last year, 44 out of the 65 wards in the region including Nkasi (6) , Sumbawanga Municipality (14), Sumbawanga District (8) and Kalambo (16) were hit by ASF and killed 15,000 swine.
Rukwa Regional Commissioner, Ms Manyanya told the gathering the government was aware of the outbreak and urged farmers to take good care of their livestock.
She cautioned that the quarantine should be intensified to prevent the disease spreading further and cautioned people to abide to instructions given by experts to avoid catastrophes.
The African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs that produces a wide range of symptoms that closely resemble those of classical swine fever.
There is no treatment and attempts to develop a vaccine so far has proven to be unsuccessful. Stopping the spread of ASF depends on people ensuring that neither infected pigs nor pig meat products are introduced into areas free of ASF.