Mizoram Animal Husbandry minister visits village to take stock of pig deaths

Mizoram Animal Husbandry minister visits village to take stock of pig deaths

Aizawl, Apr 8 (PTI) The death toll of pigs in south
Mizoram”s Lunglei district reached 276 on Thursday even as
state Animal Husbandry and Veterinary minister Dr K Beichhua
visited the infected village to take stock of the situation,
an official said.

Though the cause of pig deaths reported at Lungsen
village is yet to be ascertained, a preliminary test has
hinted to African Swine Fever (ASF) as the cause of death.

Lungsen, a village close to the Bangladesh border is
located about 39 km from Lunglei town. The first pig death was
reported in the village on March 21.

State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department joint
director (Livestock Health) Dr Lalhmingthanga told PTI that
the death toll reached 276 on Thursday.

Samples of dead pigs have reached Bhopal on Thursday
and results are expected soon, he said.

He said that the National Institute of High Security
Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) will directly declare the cause of
the death after analysis.

According to the official, pig deaths are also
reported in at least three villages in Mamit district, which
borders Bangladesh and Tripura.

The actual figure from the three villages is yet to be
confirmed, he said.

Meanwhile, K Beichhua visited Lungsen village on
Thursday to take stock of the situation.

He held discussion with community leaders and
officials there.

The minister said that the state government is making
a massive effort to contain the outbreak.

The government has already declared Lungsen village as
“infected area” and prohibited movement of pigs in and outside
the village.

On Tuesday, the entire Lunglei district was declared
as a surveillance zone in order to contain and prevent the
spread of the disease outbreak.

Officials suspect the prevailing swine disease to be
transmitted from pigs and smoked porks imported from
neighbouring states and countries.

Mizoram shares inter-state border with Assam, Manipur
and Tripura and international boundary with Myanmar and
Bangladesh.

In 2020, the ASF has killed thousands of pigs in
Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Manipur.

Myanmar has also reported the deadly pig disease in
the past.

ASF is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease
affecting both domestic and feral swine of all ages.

Experts said that it is not a threat to human health
and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. PTI COR
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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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