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African swine fever confirmed in Meghalaya

HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Aug 13: Meghalaya has become the third state in the country after Assam and Arunachal Pradesh where the African Swine Fever (ASF) was detected.
The State today confirmed death of 24 pigs after samples of the pigs were tested positive of ASF.
ASF has killed nearly 2,500 pigs in six districts across Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in May this year.
Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong who also is in charge of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department informed that the death of these pigs occurred in at least 12 locations spread across, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, West Jaiñtia Hills and West Khasi Hills.
He informed that the State has so far reported the unnatural death of 73 pigs out of which 24 has been confirmed as ASF and the samples of 49 others have been collected and sent to North East Region Disease Diagnostic Lab at Khanapara, Guwahati for testing.
“Since Assam is a neighbouring State we suspect that it could have spread from there,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
He informed that during the review meeting held on Thursday, the government decided that if cases occurred in any villages, of the State it will be declared a containment zone immediately.
“Not only it will be declared a containment zone but we will also not allow the slaughter or selling of pigs,” Tynsong said.
“This is being done to contain further spread of the fever in piggery farms,” even as he urged the piggery farmers to cooperate with the government.
It may be mentioned that a couple of months back, the government had banned the interstate as well as inter district transportation of pigs in the wake of reports of mortality of pigs.