Transportation of pigs banned amid African Swine Fever in East Jaiñtia Hills

The death of pigs was reported from Synrang Shahkhain village (Rymbai) and Wapungskur village of East Jaiñtia Hills district, DC FM Dopth said

Two clinical laboratory samples of pigs from East Jaiñtia Hills district in Meghalaya were tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF), official sources said.

The death of pigs was reported from Synrang Shahkhain village (Rymbai) and Wapungskur Village of East Jaiñtia Hills district, Deputy Commissioner FM Dopth said.

In order to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease to other villages, the Deputy Commissioner has also issued an order banning inter-state and inter-district movement of pigs.

“Transportation of pigs from these above mentioned villages to other villages and movement of pigs into these above mentioned villages is also banned,” the order by the DC said.

Further, the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, East Jaiñtia Hills District, Khliehriat has been directed to create public awareness, disinfection of pigs shed equipment and burial of pigs as per protocol.

Meanwhile, the West Jaiñtia Hills Deputy Commissioner has also issued measures for the people to comply to protect public health.

It may be mentioned that the disease was first reported from Amlarem Sub Division and recently it has spread to Shangpung village under Laskein C&RD Block, affecting domestic pigs.

First Published:Aug. 18, 2020, 9:55 p.m.