• African Swine Fever yet to be restrained in Mizoram


    Aizawl: The African Swine Fever (ASF), which killed more than 1,700 pigs in a month in Mizoram, is yet to be restrained.

    The infection is expanding to other areas even though the daily death toll in the epicenter showed a declining trend for a few weeks, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department Joint Director (Livestock Health) Dr. Lalhmingthanga told PTI. Some more areas would be declared as epicenters and affected areas, he added.

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    At least 1,728 pigs have died due to ASF since March 21 at Lungsen village. The financial loss caused by the ASF is estimated to be Rs 6.91 crore.

    Twenty-one pig deaths due to the ASF were reported on Thursday, Lalhmingthanga said. The current pig disease has attacked five districts -- Aizawl, Lunglei, Serchhip, Lawngtlai, and Mamit.

    At least 866 unusual pig deaths have been reported so far in different parts of the state that are outside the ASF-affected areas, the official said.

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    Samples for tests have been collected from the pigs that had unusual deaths, he said, adding that the cause of the deaths is yet to be established.

    The ASF infection is speculated to be caused by pigs shipped from neighboring Bangladesh and Myanmar, officials said.


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