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Mizoram government on April 2 has completely banned import of live pigs, fresh pork and all other pork products, including frozen pork, from other states and other countries until further orders.

The state government confirmed that there were new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Champhai and Aizawl districts.

It said that the cases were detected in January and February this year, resulting in the death of several pigs.

In an order on April 2, chief secretary Renu Sharma, as the chairperson, state executive committee, Mizoram State Disaster Management Authority, has ordered several preventive measures.

The government order said that animal husbandry & veterinary department shall ensure mandatory disinfection of pig-rearing premises and enforce strict hygiene measures and isolation of suspected pigs.

The department shall undertake to ensure safe disposal of pig carcass following the ‘National Action Plan for Control, Containment and Eradication of African Swine Fever’.

Also, intensive physical surveillance and immediate reporting of any unusual mortality of pigs or wild pigs will have to be made through the department helpline on 0389-2336441, among others.

The order stated that the steps are being taken in accordance with the ‘National Action Plan for Control, Containment and Eradication of African Swine Fever’.

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