GUWAHATI: Over 100 home pigs died in a Mizoram village and preliminary assessments indicated African swine fever (ASF) as the reason for the deaths.
Official sources stated preventive measures have been being taken to include the unfold of the illness.
“There is an outbreak of the illness in Lungsen in Lunglei district. Over 100 pigs died until yesterday (Wednesday),” Mizoram’s Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Dr Hmarkunga instructed this newspaper on Thursday.
He stated as part of the preventive measures, the import and export of pigs from side to side the village had been restricted.
“As of now, the outbreak is simply in one village. Our additional investigations are occurring,” Hmarkunga added.
Lunglei shares a border with Myanmar however the village in query will not be on the border.
The illness was detected following sample-testing on the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in Selesih in the state.
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department Joint Director Dr Lalhmingthanga stated ASF was suspected to be the reason for the pig deaths. The division has despatched samples to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Disease in Bhopal for a confirmatory check.
Thousands of home pigs had died of the illness in Assam final 12 months. Dozens of others had died in neighbouring Meghalaya. The ASF is a extremely contagious and lethal viral illness. It will not be a risk to human well being and can’t be transmitted from pigs to people.