June 21, 2021

Bhutan hit by first ASF case



The first case of African swine fever in Bhutan had been confirmed in early May, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).


Uncontrolled movement of scavenging stray pigs across Bhutan's border with India was blamed for the country's first ASF outbreak, involving 30 susceptible animals.


The disease outbreak started from the sewerage area of Phuentshogling town, which shares a porous border with Jaigaon town, Alipurduar, West Bengal, India.


Since the demarcated infection zone falls under Phuentshogling City area, pig rearing is strictly prohibited. Hence, there are no pig farms around the area.