African Swine Fever outbreak in Nagaland; Phek, Kiphire declared Infected Zone

ASF in Nagaland was confirmed through RTPCR test by the National Institute of High Security Animal Disease, Bhopal from the samples submitted from the districts of Phek and Kiphire.


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The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Government of Nagaland, has confirmed outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the state.

ASF in Nagaland was confirmed through RTPCR test by the National Institute of High Security Animal Disease, Bhopal from the samples submitted from the districts of Phek and Kiphire, it added.

Hence, the department appealed to the public, pig farmers, pig traders, butchers, village functionaries, ward and colony members to remain cautious and vigilant.

The department also appealed to the public to 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 and Climate Change for Sero-surveillance, Control, Containment and Eradication as per the National Action Plan issued by the Government of India.

The ASF outbreak is notified as per the “the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Disease in Animal Act, 2009”. Further, a radius of 1(one) km from the epicentres of the disease outbreak at Phek and Kiphire are hereby declared Infected Zone (IZ) and a radius of 10 (ten) km as Surveillance Zone with immediate effect until further notice, the department added.

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First Published:April 17, 2021, 9:54 p.m.

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