by NEWSNER , 2021-04-20 14:30:53
At least 920 pigs died due to African Swine Fever (ASF) in but a month in Mizoram, a politician said on Monday.
Four districts are suffering from the ASF that was first reported on March 21 from Lungsen village in south Mizoram's Lunglei district near the Bangladesh border, farming and Veterinary Department's Joint Director Lalhmingthanga.
So far, 577 pigs have died in Lungsen village, and 32 died within the Electric Veng area of Lunglei town. Besides, 78 died within the Edenthar neighbourhood and 74 within the Armed Veng locality of Aizawl, he said.
Further, 159 pigs died in three villages of Mamit district, while an in-depth report from Serchhip is awaited, he added.
Lungsen in Lunglei district, Zawlnuam in Mamit district, Keitum in Serchhip district are declared as ''infected'' areas to prevent further spread of the disease.
In Aizawl, three localities -- Bawngkawn, Armed Veng and Edenthar have also been identified as ''infected'' areas.
Electric Veng, Salem Veng and Rashhi Veng in Lunglei town have also been declared as ''infected'' areas.
ASF may be a highly contagious and deadly viral disease, affecting both domestic and feral swine of all ages.
Experts said that it's not a threat to human health, and can't be transmitted from pigs to the citizenry.