Over 80 Pigs Die in Mizoram Village, African Swine Fever alert
On Sunday, an official of state animal husbandry and the veterinary department revealed that more than 80 pigs died in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district over the last two weeks. The cause of their death has been suspected to be the African Swine Fever.
87 pigs died from an unknown disease at Lungsen village in south Mizoram‘s Lunglei district. The region is near Bangladesh border. The department’s Joint Director (livestock health division), Dr Lalhmingthanga informed, “Though the cause of pig deaths is yet to be ascertained, it is highly suspected to be caused by African Swine Fever.”
African Swine Fever is a deadly viral disease which affects both domestic as well as wild pigs of all ages. The pigs infected by this disease show several symptoms like high fever, loss of appetite, red skin, diarrhoea, vomiting and difficulty in breathing. The disease can also cause sudden death in pigs. There is no approved vaccine so far.
Swine Fever is not a threat to human health as it cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans.
The death of the pigs has caused a monetary loss to the tune of Rs 40 lakh since March. The officials said that the first death was reported on March 21 close to hotels where imported pig meats were largely consumed. The veterinary officers were sent to the district to ascertain the cause of the death.
The confirmatory test for African Swine Fever will be done at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Madhya Pradesh. However, the deaths have triggered fears in the state government.
The government has sounded alert for the fever in the state. It has declared Lungsen village as an infected area with prohibitory orders imposed under CrPC Section 144 on April 2.
So far, the state has not reported any confirmed case of the African Swine Fever.