Friday, October 7, 2022

Swine fever: Veterinary dept issues public advisory in Mokokchung; no cases in Dimapur

Correspondent/Staff Reporter

Following reports of suspected African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), even deaths, Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry has urged people engaged in rearing pigs and owning piggeries in Mokokchung district to be extremely cautious and follow preventive measures to be safe.
The department has issued a public advisory for maintenance of bio-security by stopping consumption of meat from unknown sources, avoiding feeding of kitchen waste as far as possible and not allowing poultry birds into piggery sheds.
Officials said samples have also been collected and sent to North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NERDDL), Guwahati, whose results were expected in a week’s time. They added that sero-surveillance had also been conducted at various places.
No swine fever in Dmu
Meanwhile, veterinary surgeon of Dimapur District Veterinary Hospital Dr KN Zubemo Humtsoe, who is also the president of Nagaland Veterinarian Association (NVA), has clarified that the department had not received any report of swine fever in Dimapur.
Speaking over telephone with Nagaland Post, he confirmed that no case on either ASF or Classical Swine Fever (CSF) had been reported from the district so far.
In the backdrop of a video that went viral on social media where it was claimed that “swine flu” had caused death of several pigs, he clarified that there was no such thing called swine flu, adding that it was either ASF or CSF.
With regard to death of the pigs, he said unless and until the samples were collected for laboratory tests (post-mortem), the cause of deaths could not be determined. He pointed out that the source of the news was also not confirmed, adding that it could not also be determined whether the video being circulated was old or new.
Humtsoe stressed that such news or incidents should be reported to the department concerned for necessary actions and not circulate these on social media without verifying facts, so as not to cause panic among the people. Referring to pigs brought from Assam for rearing and consumption, he warned that most of those pigs were not vaccinated against CSF.
Dimapur Municipal Council administrator Albert Ezung too has confirmed that no swine fever case had been reported so far from Dimapur.