Information received on 18/05/2018 from Dr Juliet Sentumbwe, Director Animal Ressources, Department of Livestock, Health and Entomology, OUG Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, ENTEBBE, Uganda
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 17/05/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 17/05/2018
Report date 18/05/2018
Date submitted to OIE 18/05/2018
Reason for notification Unexpected change in the distribution or increase in morbidity or mortality of a listed disease
Summary description The country has had anthrax suspected outbreaks in Arua, Kween and Kiruhura districts. These outbreaks have resulted in human and animal deaths.
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Bacillus anthracis
This event pertains to the whole country
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments There were sporadic rainfall patterns largely characterized by flooding, communal free rangeland grazing system, cultural orientation of the local population, poverty, consumption of dead animals and uninspected meat by veterinarians.
Increased Distribution
District Species
Arua Goats
Arua Sheep
Kiruhura Cattle
Kween Cattle
Disease Impact
Increased District Species Change
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Vaccination in response to the outbreak (s)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.