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Veterinary department clarifies
Published on 31 Jul. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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Drawing attention to reports over “new swine disease in Viswema” appeared in a local press July 30, the state department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry (V&AH) has clarified that its officials who conducted treatment did not come across cases of new swine disease, and that there was no reason for the people to panic. Veterinary hospital Kohima deputy director Dr. S A Walling in a statement pointed out that as reported by some members of Tragopan Club Viswema about suspected outbreak of disease in pigs in that village, its qualified personnel were deputed to visit the village on the next day for treatment. Dr. Walling stated that in the process of investigation, the doctors detected that ailing pigs were suffering from suspected cases of swine fever and swine erysipelas. Accordingly, the samples were collected for further investigation and confirmatory diagnosis, he added. The deputy director also stated that during the course of treatment, the villagers had requested its officials to provide necessary preventive measurers to the healthy ones. “After the treatment was conducted the villagers have reported that the treated animals are responding well to the medications,” the department official said. He maintained that the samples collected were meant for “routine confirmatory diagnosis”. The official also clarified that department has necessary facilities and arrangements to the requirements of conducting such tests. Meanwhile, the department has also requested the media persons not to create alarm among the public without confirming from the department.

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