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Newcastle Disease Hits Ugandan Poultry Flocks

19 May 2008

UGANDA - The Ugandan poultry industry is being hit by Newcastle disease because of problems over storage of vaccine.

One small holder poultry keeper in Vvumba village, Luweero District, Rachael Kasule, recently lost more than 100 chickens valued at about half a million shillings, which she would have used for paying school fees because of the disease, according to AllAfrica.

The disease sweeps through virtually every Ugandan village every year killing entire flocks.

"It was hard. I am a model farmer but I was helpless," Rachael Kasule told All Africa .

Within two weeks, almost all the chickens in Vvumba village had died of the disease, which they refer to as mulalama. Veterinary doctors from Namulonge Research institute confirmed Newcastle disease.

Although commercial vaccines exist, which would have saved Kasule's flock, they have to be kept in a fridge, which Kasule and her village mates do not have.

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