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African swine flu kills 2,260 pigs in India’s northeast

Christian Fernsby |
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, an Indian northeastern state is fearing another threat as thousands of pigs died after being infected with African swine flu, an official said.

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Topics: PIG    INDIA   

Atul Bora, Assam state’s agriculture and veterinary minister, said that the flu entered India from China where it was reported in December last year.

So far, the flu has killed 2,260 pigs in 306 villages in the state, according to the state government’s figures.

“This flu has a 100% mortality rate, is highly contagious, and there is no treatment for it. We received the test reports two days back, from a laboratory in Central India [...] The good thing is this disease does not affect humans,” Atul Bora told Anadolu Agency.

Bora claimed the flu traveled from China, saying it was reported in the Xinjiang province of China in December 2019. Xinjiang is adjacent to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to the 2019 state livestock census, the population of pigs in Assam was 210,000 approximately.

Apart from Assam that has reported the highest number of deaths of pigs, other northeastern states have also sounded high alerts.

The Assam government has also banned the sale and purchase of pigs and pork in six of its most affected districts, including Dhemaji, Sivsagar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, and Biswanath.

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