DIMAPUR, MAY 25: The Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has informed the general public and piggery farmers that the occurrence of African Swine Fever (ASF) continues unabated in the State with positive cases reported at Tuli Block in Mokokchung District and Tizit Block in Mon District.
The current trend of occurrence indicates that the disease is penetrating and spreading to various parts of the State, it stated.
According to the Department, this suggests that the stakeholders have not fully complied with the advisory it had issued earlier.
“At this stage, the ‘acute form’ of the disease is seen. The spreading of the cases in the State is a matter of concern to the Department, further, the abolishing of all Veterinary check posts and the porous borders have made the situation harder for carrying out containment measures”, it stated.
Therefore, the Department has appealed to the public, especially those farmers whose pigs have been affected, to follow the following protocols: inform sudden death of pigs to the nearest Veterinary Institute; do not consume the dead pigs; list the number of pigs dead along with photos, and approximate body weight, and submit to the Chief Veterinary Officer after certification by the village/colony authority; follow the deep burial method, at least 6 ft. deep, followed by spreading of lime; do not throw the carcass in the river/canal stream/water bodies; sanitise the areas/sheds/troughs completely using the recommended solution; wash hands, feet, clothing, etc., properly with soap; seek the assistance of a Veterinarian for disinfecting the area; do not re-populate the pigs without the Department’s consultation; and demarcate the areas into Infected Zone, Surveillance Zone & Free Zone with the help of the Department.
For any queries on ASF, it advised to seek clarifications from Dr. Khriekuolie Linyü, Joint Director and ASF Core Committee Convenor, at 6009753226.
(Page News Service)