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African Swine Fever back in Assam, 100 pigs die in Biswanath

Villages under Biswanath District with over 100 cases of pig deaths at multipurpose farms due to African Swine Fever

Villages under Biswanath District with over 100 cases of pig deaths at multipurpose farms due to African Swine Fever have been declared as epicenters by the State Government.

More than 100 pigs and piglets have died of the highly contagious disease in villages near Pratapgarh Tea Estate under the Sukumar Development Block of Biswanath District.

As there is surge in the number of cases, the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department of Assam through a notification has declared the villages near Pratapgarh Tea Estate as ‘epicentres of ASF. It is known that this step has been taken to prevent, control and eradicate the highly contagious disease.

Notably, before the declaration by the Assam Government, the tests were conducted in the Advanced Animal Disease Diagnosis and Management Consortium Laboratory at Guwahati’s College of Veterinary Sciences. Teams from the veterinary also been have been sent to the farm for field inspection and assessment of the situation apart from taking measures to carry out culling operation in the farm.

African Swine Fever which was detected in Assam 2020 had hit the piggery sector of the state hard with many farms losing their entire pig population. Current ASF has been dectected in Mizoram and Tripura. The respective states have already started culling pigs in a bid to stop the disease.

First Published: 2nd May, 2022 16:49 IST

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