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Ugandan authorities lift ban on meat sales amid foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

Ugandan authorities have reportedly lifted the recent prohibition on meat sales in the capital city, Kampala, amidst an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Last week, health officials had implemented the ban and mandated the closure of all slaughterhouses to contain the spread of the outbreak.

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However, Minister for Kampala City and Metropolitan Affairs, Minsa Kabanda, informed the Daily Monitor newspaper on Sunday that the ban had been suspended while the government evaluates the disease’s impact in the capital.

Despite this, Ms. Kabanda emphasized the importance of ensuring animals are tested before slaughter.

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Traders had opposed the ban, criticizing the government for its failure to prevent the disease from spreading.

Local media reports indicate foot-and-mouth disease has been detected in 40 districts across the country.

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