Nagaland detects African Swine Fever, declares infected zones in Phek, Kiphire districts

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Nagaland government on April 17 notified the outbreak African Swine Fever in the state and asked the people to remain cautious and vigilant and report any unusual mortality of domestic pigs and feral pigs.

The Nagaland department of animal husbandry and veterinary services has notified that the outbreak was confirmed through RT-PCR test by the National Institute of High-Security Animal Disease in Bhopal from the samples submitted from Phek and Kiphire districts.

The department has appealed to the citizens – especially pig farmers, pig traders, butchers, village and ward functionaries – to remain vigilant and report any unusual mortality of domestic pigs and feral pigs to the nearest veterinary institute and assist the department of animal husbandry and veterinary services and environment, forest & climate change for sero-surveillance, control, containment and eradication as per the National Action Plan issued by Government of India.

The outbreak is notified as per “The Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Disease in Animal Act, 2009”. Further, a radius of one km from the epicentre of the African Swine Fever disease outbreak at Phek and Kiphire was declared infected zone (IZ) and a radius of 10 km as a surveillance zone with immediate effect until further notice.

African swine fever is a highly contagious and viral disease affecting both domestic and feral swine of all ages. ASF is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans.

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