African Swine Fever outbreak in Nagaland; Mokokchung, Phek report positive cases

African Swine Fever, which primarily affects domestic and feral swine, has been reported in Nagaland.

The department of animal husbandry & veterinary services in Nagaland has notified to the general public that the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has re-occurred in some parts of the state.

The outbreak of the viral disease was confirmed through RTPCR (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) test by the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostics Laboratory (NHDRDDL) at Khanapara in Guwahati.

The samples for the RTPCR test were submitted from Longjongkong and Satier villages under Mokokchung district and Kuzatu village, Wazeho Block under Phek district of Nagaland, according to the department of animal husbandry and veterinary services.

“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,” the notification said.

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, a radius of 1 km from the epicenter of the disease outbreak at the affected villages under Mokokchung and Phek districts has been declared infected zone and a radius of 10 km surveillance zone with immediate effect until further notice.

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