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African swine fever kills 27 pigs in Jaiñtia Hills

Veterinary doctors to be on ground 24X7: Dy CM
Shillong, Jul 31: A total of 27 pigs succumbed of African Swine Fever (ASF) till July 30.
Official sources said signs of ASF in Lamin, Amlarem, were detected as early as June 2020 and were confirmed to be positive of ASF only yesterday through results of lab testing of samples.
The source also confirmed that the samples were dispatched for laboratory examination to Delhi on June 28.
“Swine fever has spread over and was reported to affect pigs in the nearby Sohkha Village and the adjoining areas, and as far as Satpator, near the international border with reports of pigs fatalities,” officials said.
Meanwhile, the AH&Veterinary Department has declared Lamin Village as Infected Zone (IP) for containment of the ASF, while the adjoining localities viz Sohkha Shnong, Sohkha Mission, Sokha Model, Sohkha Phlang, Kudeng Thymmai, Nongtalang, Darang and Dawki are designated as Surveillance Zones.
On the other hand Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, who is also in charge of Veterinary department said that samples of six pigs have been collected.
“As of now we have done the sample collection and sent this to Khanapara and we are waiting for the report,” Tynsong said today.
He also said that as of now the government cannot say anything about the report since those have been sent to Delhi.
Tynsong said that officers of the State government are on the ground and that he has instructed the district veterinary officer, West Jaiñtia Hills and also the doctor posted in Community &Rural Development Block Amlarem to be on the ground 24×7.
Tynsong also said that some training has already been conducted in Lamin village.