African Swine Fever hits North East India

African Swine Fever (ASF) has killed 4,650 pigs and piglets in a little over two months in Mizoram, North East India, according to India Today.

The first pig death due to ASF was reported on March 21 at Lungsen village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district, an official said on Saturday. Since then the disease has spread to nine districts: Aizawl, Lunglei, Mamit, Serchhip, Lawngtlai, Khawzawl, Hnahthial, Siaha and Champhai.

On Saturday, 40 pigs died of the disease, taking the toll to 4,650, the official said. The government has also received reports about the unusual deaths of 100 pigs outside the ASF-infected areas.

Official said this was the first instance of ASF to break out in Mizoram, and is believed to have been cause by pigs imported from neighbouring states and countries.

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