By Robert Segawa
The Ministry of agriculture has announced an outbreak of the Avian Influenza in Uganda-a disease that affects birds and human beings.
According to the Minister for agriculture Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the disease, commonly known as bird flu was first spotted at Lutembe beach on 2nd January this year and another incident recorded in Masaka district.
The sample tested from the two areas tested positive to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, which is the type of the influenza virus with the greatest risk.
The minister says the National Task Force on disease control has been directed to conduct more investigations and recommend possible solutions.
He has advised all farmers to report cases of mass death of birds and animals, and any cases of human sickness that seem mysterious.
This is the first time the AVIAN INFLUENZA breaks out in Uganda.
Some of the most affected species are white winged black tern birds, domestic ducks and chickens.