African Swine Fever Discovered In Mizoram's Wild Pigs: Report

The African Swine Fever has now spread to wild animals in Mizoram . The state government has sent samples from wild boar carcasses to the Centre .

Aizawl: The African Swine Fever (ASF) has now spread to wild animals in Mizoram, and it seems that inoculation is the only option left to stop the outbreak of the killer pig disease, according to a senior official.According to Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department Joint Director (Livestock Health), Dr Lalhmingthanga, the state government has sent samples from wild boar carcasses collected in two forest areas in Champhai district to According to him, they died of ASF and were discovered in a jungle about six kilometres from Leisenzo village in Champhai district on July 19.Cadavers of wild pigs were also found in a forest in Samthanga area in the same district, according to Lalhmingthanga.As the disease is now considered endemic, the state government would write to the Centre next week to alert it of ASF in wild boars.

According to the statistics, the government has culled an entire 8,486 pigs and piglets since March last year in response to the outbreak.Although the epidemic was first identified in Kenya, East Africa, in 1921, it resurfaced in February 2022.ASF is not a disease that affects humans, but it does have devastating effects on the pig population and the farming industry.Contact with warthogs has been shown to be a critical factor in the transmission of the virus.