The department of animal husbandry & veterinary services in Nagaland has notified about the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in some parts of the state.
The outbreak has been confirmed in some villages of Mokokchung and Phek districts.
Outbreak of African Swine Fever confirmed by RTPCR
The outbreak of the virus has been confirmed through Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction test by the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostics Laboratory at Khanapara in Guwahati.
Reportedly, Longjongkong and Satier villages under Mokokchung district and Kuzatu village, Wazeho Block under Phek district of Nagaland submitted samples for the RTPCR tests.
This was informed through a notice issued by the department through the DIPR.
According to the department, this African Swine Fever outbreak is notified as per the “Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Disease in Animal Act, 2009”.
Further, the notification read, “Hence, the public, pig farmers, pig traders, butchers, village functionaries, ward/colony members have been requested to remain cautious and vigilant and report any unusual mortality of domestic pigs and feral pigs to the nearest veterinary institute and assist the department of animal husbandry & veterinary services and environment, forest & climate change for sero-surveillance, control, containment & eradication as per the national action plan issued by the Government of India.”
With immediate effect until further notice a radius of 1 km from the epicenter of the disease outbreak at the affected villages under Mokokchung & Phek has been declared Infected Zone.
Also, a radius of 10 Kms has been declared as a surveillance zone.
About African Swine Fever
African swine fever is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and feral swine of all ages. However, ASF is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans.