African Swine Fever confirmed as cause of pig deaths in Mizoram, said reports

The recent death of pigs in Mizoram is confirmed due to the spread of American Swine Fever (ASF), said reports. However, an official declaration of the same is still awaited.

Over 600 pigs death has been reported from Mizoram. Reportedly, the Mizoram Government so far has declared Lungsen village and Electric Veng in Lunglei District, Zawlnuam in Mamit District, Edenthar and Armed Veng within Aizawl city as infected areas under Section 20 of The Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009.

The state government has already sounded alert for African swine fever in the State, following which the samples were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal on April 8 for a confirmatory test.

Earlier, on April 13, in a meeting chaired by AH & Vety Minister Dr K Beichhua said that samples sent to NIHSAD in Bhopal tested positive for ASF. Further confirmation to identify the serotype through genome sequencing is still awaited.

The AH&Vety Minister, accompanied by top officials of the Department had visited Lungsen village on April 8 last week to assess the on ground situation, and inspect the safety measures being followed. He also convened a meeting with officials, VCs, civil society organizations to devise further course of action in managing the outbreak.

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