Outbreak of ASF in Mizoram, soon to declare a national disaster

Fresh cases of the African Swine Fever (ASF) were reported in Mizoram, adding to a total of 770 pig deaths in last two months. ASF cases were first reported in March last year and had killed more than 33,000 pigs.

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of pigs. In its severe form the disease results in high mortality of swines. ASF is a different disease than swine flu. The virus does not affect people and there is no impact on human health.
Owing to widespread ASF, Mizoram will soon be declaring African Swine Fever as a State disaster, state Animal Husbandry and Veterinary minister Dr K Beichhua told PTI that Chief Minister Zoramthanga has already granted his consent to declare the outbreak as a state disaster.
Mizoram government will continue to take measures in preventing further spread of ASF. It has culled more than 14,000 pigs as a preventive measure.

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