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African Swine Fever Menace continues in Mizoram; Death toll crosses 750

At least 16 more pigs have died due to the highly contagious Swine Fever disease on Sunday in Mizoram, officials from the state animal husbandry and veterinary department informed. That

At least 16 more pigs have died due to the highly contagious Swine Fever disease on Sunday in Mizoram, officials from the state animal husbandry and veterinary department informed.

That total tally reached to 774 in the state after the outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) since March this year.

Besides, 205 pigs have died due to suspected ASF and 124 pigs culled to prevent further spread of the pig disease since February, officials said.

Samples of pigs that were suspected to have died of ASF were collected and yet to confirm the actual cause of their deaths.

The ASF has currently affected 17 villages and localities in four districts- Aizawl, Champhai, Lunglei and Saitual.

Unusual deaths of pigs or those suspected to have died of ASF were reported from 25 villages and localities in Aizawl, Saitual, Kolasib, Lawngtlai, Champhai and Khawzawl districts.

The state government is making efforts to prevent the spread of the pig disease as per the ‘National Action Plan for Control, Containment and Eradication of African Swine Fever, he said.

Meanwhile, the state of Mizoram has already banned the import of pig and pork products from other states after ASF case broke out.

As many as 33,417 pigs have died due to the outbreak of ASF last year, causing monetary losses to the tune of Rs 60.82 crore. A total of 10,910 pigs have also been culled to prevent further spread of ASF the same year.

The highly contagious pig disease, which was reported for the first time in the state in March last year, was initially considered more or less contained as no pig death due to the outbreak was reported since December.

First Published: 18th April, 2022 16:33 IST

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