4 smuggled pigs test positive for CSF: V&AH

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/20/2020 12:51:51 PM IST

Out of 12 smuggled pigs confiscated on July 17 by police, eight were found dead and the remaining four were kept on seven-day quarantine for observation. Out of the four, one pig died on July 18 and then two more died on July 19. 

District veterinary hospital, Dimapur in-charge, Dr. KN Zubemo Humtsoe, Monday told Nagaland Post that as per ELISA test results all the four pigs were tested positive for classical swine fever (CSF), also known as ‘hog cholera’. Dr. Humtsoe said that one live pig was still being kept under observation.

Informing that sometimes there could be a co-infection between African Swine Fever (ASF) and CSF, Dr. Humtsoe said that the tissue and body fluid samples of four pigs have, therefore, been sent to North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Guwahati for ASF confirmatory diagnosis. He said the test result would take a week’s time.

On the confusion concerning Swine flu, CSF and ASF, Dr. Humtsoe clarified that swine flu was a highly contagious viral infection of pigs while African swine fever (ASF) was caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family. Whereas, Dr.Humtose said CSF was a contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs caused by a virus of the genus Pestivirus of the family Flaviviridae.


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