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ASF outbreak confirmed at Longleng, Mkg & Phek

Nagaland News

“Situation in Mkg yet to be contained satisfactorily”

DIMAPUR, MAY 20: The Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Service has informed the general public and piggery farmers that confirmed cases of the occurrence of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Longleng, Mokokchung and Phek Districts have been established through nucleotide sequencing of PCR products and RTPCR from NIHSAD, Bhopal, and NERDDL, Guwahati.
In view of this, a committee on ASF of the Directorate office including Dr. K Linyü, Dr. Z Mekro and Dr. S Amenla Walling Theunuo had visited the epicentres to initiate control, containment and eradication measures in co-ordination with officers at Mokokchung and Longleng on May 16 and 17, stated a DIPR bulletin.
“As of now, the disease is contained in Phek, and moderately contained in Longleng, but the situation in Mokokchung is yet to be contained satisfactorily and unless the general public, piggery farmers and pork consumers in the State cooperate in containing the disease, it is likely to spread across villages and districts causing a devastating effect on the pig population and severely impacting the economy of the State.
“It may further be mentioned that unless swift action is taken in a co-ordinated effort, high morbidity and mortality are going to create an acute shortage of local pigs in the coming months especially from October to December resulting in the high cost of pork in the market”, it stated.
Currently, the authorities are practising selective banning on imports.
“However, with the nature of the border porosity with the neighbouring States, entry/import of live pigs from outside the State has become very difficult for the Department to monitor. And as per the current epidemiological survey, the source of origin of the disease appears to be from outside the State due to the high and rampant import of pigs (live pig and cut meat)”, it added.
It therefore requested citizens to remain vigilant and strictly observe the following advisory: report the death of pigs to the nearest Veterinary Health Centre; not consume dead/diseased pigs, but carry out a deep burial method and subsequent sanitisation; refrain from importing live pigs for meat and piglets for breeding purposes from outside without knowing the health status; refrain from buying pork of unknown origin; maintain strict bio-security measures in farms; practice usage of footbath at the entrance of the farm; vaccinate pigs against Classical Swine Fever; and avoid giving them with feeds, especially from hotels and other wastes which may be contaminated.
(Page News Service)