Meghalaya villagers advised not to consume pork amid suspected African Swine Flu spread

The Meghalaya government has sent report to the Centre as 15 pigs died of suspected ASF in Lamin village.

The Meghalaya government on Monday said it suspected the death of pigs in Lamin village under Amlarem Civil Sub Division as African Swine Fever (ASF) and has advised against consuming pork till the Centre issues a notification.

“We have advised those people staying nearby the village not to slaughter pigs or consume pork till the state gets confirmation from the Central government," Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.

The report of the samples taken has to be submitted to the Centre, said Tynsong.

"The report is still awaited because it has to first go to the Central government and then only a notification will come to the state government," Tynsong said.

As per government figures, since the month of June, Lamin village has recorded the death of 15 pigs so far.

Tynsong said that samples of the dead pigs have been sent for testing to the North East Region Disease Diagnostic Lab at Khanapara, Guwahati.

He also informed that the concerned department will ensure that the disease does not spread to the neighbouring villages of Lamin or other parts as necessary measures have been taken to prevent it.

 

First Published:Aug. 4, 2020, 10:21 a.m.