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    Posted: May 07 2018 at 4:26am

1029 pigs die of disease

Henry L. Khojol May 07, 2018 00:00 IST

Aizawl: At least 1,029 pigs and piglets died and 3,639 others affected in Mizoram because of the outbreak of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and classical swine flu (CSF) since March this year, officials said on Sunday.

Officials of the state animal husbandry and veterinary department said the PRRS outbreak originated from Zokhawthar village in Champhai district along the Mizoram-Myanmar border on March 17.

They said of the blood samples of 12 pigs taken from the village, 11 tested positive for PRRS at the Disease Investigation Laboratory here on March 21. The PRRS virus has spread to more than 91 villages, they said.

According to the officials, while the outbreak of CSF and PRRS has affected almost all the eight districts of Mizoram, these are mainly concentrated in Aizawl, Serchhip and Champhai districts.

"Reports on deaths of at least 1,029 pigs and piglets since March have been received from different districts," the animal husbandry and veterinary department's joint director (livestock health) Hmarkunga said. The official added the pigs died not only of PRRS, but also of CSF. He said teams of veterinary doctors were sent to the affected areas to take stock of the situation.

Hmarkunga added at least 245 blood samples were tested so far since March till Friday of which 133 were infected with PRRS and 90 others with CSF. He said according to report received by the animal husbandry and veterinary department, at least 1,029 pigs and piglets died and 3,639 others affected following the outbreak of PRRS and CSF.

The district magistrates of Lunglei and Champhai had earlier issued an order banning import of pigs and piglets from Myanmar and neighbouring states.

An official statement said the central assistant commissioner and experts from the National Institute of High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, visited Serchhip town and checked pigs there from April 20 to April 23.

On Thursday, two scientists from the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Guwahati, came here and imparted training to field officers of the state animal husbandry and veterinary department to prevent pigs' deaths, the statement added.


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