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Pig Death Toll Reached 276 in Mizoram

  by NEWSNER , 2021-04-09 13:15:09

Pig Death Toll Reached 276 in Mizoram

The death of pigs in south Mizoram‘s Lunglei district reached 276 on Thursday, whilst state farming and veterinary minister Dr K Beichhua visited the “infected area” to require a stock of things, a politician said.


Although the explanation for pig deaths reported at Lungsen village is yet to be ascertained, preliminary tests have already hinted to African Swine Fever (ASF) because of the cause.


Lungsen, a village on the brink of the Bangladesh border, is found about 57 km from Lunglei town. the primary pig death was reported within the village on March 21.


State farming and veterinary department joint director (livestock health) Dr Lalhmingthanga said that the price reached 276 because the latest report came in at 2 pm on Thursday. Pig samples reached Bhopal on Thursday and therefore the results are expected soon, he added.


He said that the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) will directly declare the explanation for the deaths after analysis.


According to the official, pig deaths also are reported in a minimum of three villages of Mamit district, which borders Bangladesh and Tripura. the particular figure from the three villages is yet to be confirmed, he said.


He added that samples were collected from the three villages within the Mamit district for laboratory test.


Meanwhile, Beichhua visited Lungsen village on Thursday to require a stock of things. He also interacted with community leaders and officials there.


The minister expressed regret for the incident and said that the government is making a huge effort to contain the outbreak. He also visited burial grounds and inspected the security measures being taken while burying pig carcasses.


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


On Tuesday, the whole Lunglei district was declared as a surveillance zone to contain and stop the spread of the outbreak.

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


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


In 2020, the ASF had killed thousands of pigs in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Manipur. Myanmar has also reported the deadly pig disease within the past.


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 humans.


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