June 1, 2021

4,650 pigs died from ASF in Mizoram, India


African swine fever (ASF) continues to wreak havoc in Mizoram, India, killing 4,650 pigs and piglets in a little over two months, an official said on May 29.


The state's first ASF pig death was reported on March 21 at Lungsen village in south Mizoram's Lunglei district, bordering Bangladesh, said Dr. Lalhmingthanga, the joint director (livestock health) at the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Department.


So far, ASF has spread to nine districts, namely, Aizawl, Lunglei, Mamit, Serchhip, Lawngtlai, Khawzawl, Hnahthial, Siaha and Champhai.


On May 29, 40 pigs died of the disease, taking the toll to 4,650, Dr. Lalhmingthanga said.


At least 91 villages and neighbourhoods in the affected districts have been declared as infected areas due to ASF, with Aizawl district having the highest infected areas (55 villages or localities).


Lunglei district has identified 26 villages as infected areas, according to Dr. Lalhmingthanga.


The current live pig population in these infected areas is 32,108.


The government has also received reports about the unusual deaths of 100 pigs outside the ASF-infected areas, Dr. Lalhmingthanga said.


The cause of these deaths are yet to be ascertained, but it is suspected to be caused by ASF.


- Press Trust of India