By Mirembe Martina
Eating pork has been banned in Kiboga district after a fresh attack of swine flu struck the district.
Dr. John Bosco Tingira said the out break which has got piggery farmers worried was detected in the district a few weeks ago. It first hit Kyanda village before spreading to other villages in the district like Kapeke among others.
A quarantine has already been put up to enable infected pigs to either be treated or be contained in the district only. Eating swine infected pork is not harmful to the life of a human being although in some cases, it might cause human flu called zoonotic swine flu. Also known as swine influenza, pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu and pig flu, swine flu symptoms include fever, lethargy, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing and decreased appetite in pigs.
It might also cause weight loss and poor growth with infected pigs losing up to 12 pounds of body weight over a three- to four-week period. The disease was first detected by doctors from Makerere university.