More than 2,500 pigs have died of African swine flu in India’s north-eastern state of Assam over the past few days, confirmed a state government official to Xinhua on Monday.
The pigs died in over 300 villages spread across five districts of the state. However, sale of pork is not yet banned in the state, even as people have been advised to cook the pig-meat properly before consuming.
The disease is said to be limited to pigs only, and not transmitted to humans, said the official.
The state government had not yet resorted to culling of pigs and will adopt an alternate mechanism to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease, the state government official said, and added that efforts were being made to administer anti-flu vaccine to the pigs in farms.
“The National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh state has confirmed that it is African Swine Flu (ASF). The central government has informed us that it is the first instance of the disease in the country,” Assam’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Atul Bora was quoted as telling journalists Sunday.
According to the minister, the African Swine Flu had no relation at all with the COVID-19 pandemic, and that steps were being taken to save the unaffected pigs. Enditem