The present outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) amid the COVID-19 pandemic has become a great concern in Mizoram, an official said. Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday took to Twitter informing that the state is struggling with its livestock sector due to the outbreak of AFS, which has claimed more than 4,700 pigs in over two months.

“The state of Mizoram is struggling with its livestock sector. Piggery farmers and their economic stances are at stake,” the chief minister said in a tweet.

According to officials of the state Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science department, the ASF has so far claimed 4,751 pigs and piglets since March 21, causing monetary losses to the tune of Rs 19 crore.

South Mizoram’s Lunglei district, which reported the first case on March 21, bore the brunt of the pig diseases, reporting as many as 2,252 pig deaths, followed by Aizawl district, which reported 1,565 pig deaths so far, he said.

At least 99 villages and localities have been declared as “infected areas,” including 56 in Aizawl district and 26 in Lunglei district, they said. Of the 11 districts, 9 districts are currently affected by ASF, they said. 98 more pigs and piglets died on Wednesday.

Officials also said that 5 unusual pig deaths were reported on Wednesday and the cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

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