Sunday, August 14, 2022

There’s no vaccine for African Swine Fever

Staff Reporter

The chief veterinary officer (CVO) Dimapur, Dr. Kelesekho Tsükrü, Saturday said that since there was no vaccine available for treating African Swine Fever (ASF), the only way to contain the disease was containment, sanitization and creating awareness.
CVO Dimapur Dr. Kelesekho Tsükrü told Nagaland Post that ASF was not a zoonotic disease, but the public should maintain strict bio-security measures, stop import of animals during the period of confirmation of ASF in the districts.
In this regard, the chief veterinary officer has sought cooperation and support from the public in order to contain the disease before it spreads.
CVO reiterated the department’s appeal to the public to inform about sudden death of pigs to the nearest veterinary institute so the department could collect tissue samples for any confirmation.
With regard positive cases of ASF confirmed in Dimapur district, CVO said that prior to the report, there had been cases, but the department could not collect the samples on time as the information was received only after the burial.
He, however, said that an alert signal was passed so the department could collect the samples and detect whether it was ASF or swine fever.
After receiving call on death pigs from Unity colony at Purana Bazar and Bamunpukhuri, he said the department collected the sample and sent it to Kohima. CVO said that ASF outbreak was confirmed after receiving laboratory test reports through RT-PCR from NERDDL, Guwahati.
Asked whether the department would initiate any measures for sale of pork in the market, he said that the initiative should be taken up from the government level.
CVO informed that for the last ten days, pig deaths have been reported, but the department could not collect the tissue samples due to late information.
He also informed that the department officials met on Saturday and decided to visit the area, conduct sanitization and disinfection exercise around the place where the positive cases of ASF was confirmed on July 4.


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