5th April, 2021
More than 80 pigs have died during the last two weeks in the Lunglei district of South Mizoram. Terrorism has spread to this region located on the Bangladesh border. 87 pigs have died in the village of Lungsen. This has caused a loss of about 40 lakh rupees. Lalmingthanga, joint director of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, said, "Although the cause of the death of the pigs has not yet been determined, there is a suspicion that the animal has died due to African swine fever."
The first death occurred on March 21, after which veterinarians were sent to the village to find out the cause. The investigation confirmed porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and classical swine flu. African swine flu has not been confirmed yet. It will be examined at the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases located in Madhya Pradesh and confirmed from there.
The official said that the government has already been alerted to the African swine flu in the state. On April 2, Lungsen village has been declared an infected area with restrictive orders under CrPC Section 144. Although the flu has not been confirmed yet, this measure has been done according to the ASF prevention and container National Action Plan. He said that M. Johingthangi, deputy director of animal husbandry and veterinary medicine, will visit Lungsen village on Monday.
The first deaths were reported from hotels where imported pig meat was largely consumed. Thousands of pigs were killed by PRRS in 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2020. There was a loss of Rs 10.62 crore. So far, the state has not reported any outbreak of African swine fever.