Aizawl: In order to prevent outbreak of a disease that has cost the lives of thousands of swines in the state, the Mizoram government has banned the import of pigs and piglets, especially from countries such as Myanmar.
The government has instructed the deputy commissioners of all the eight districts of the state to issue prohibitory orders banning the import from other countries, animal husbandry and veterinary minister K Beichhua was quoted as saying by media reports.
Since 2013, the disease — known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) — has cost the lives of over 10,000 swines in Mizoram. It is widely believed that the outbreak occurred due to import of pigs and piglets from Myanmar where the disease was known to be prevalent, officials said.
As per Beichhua, the ban was the only way to prevent outbreak of PRRS.
The PRRS is a disease affecting domestic pigs. Symptoms include reproductive failure, pneumonia and increased susceptibility to secondary bacterial infection, as per reports.