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Shillong: After 15 pigs were found dead in Lamin village in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, samples have been collected and sent for testing to the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Khanapara in Assam.

Uncertain if the cause of death is African Swine Fever, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that the report was discussed during the review meeting held on Monday.

“We discussed a report received from the West Jaintia Hills district veterinary office, concerning infection of pigs. We were informed that in last few weeks about 15 pigs have died in Lamin village,” said Tynsong.

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Upon receiving the report, the district administration went to the spot and collected samples of about six pigs which were then sent and report awaited.

“Therefore, we can’t say if these pigs are affected with African Swine Fever or not. We will be able to come to a conclusion only after receiving information from the Centre,” said Tynsong.

To ensure that the disease does not spread any further, necessary measures are in place. Disinfection of pig sheds along with injections to the animals have been some of the measures taken.

Meeting with breeders/owners have been held. Highlighting the threat, the people of Lamin village have been advised not to slaughter or consume pork till the confirmation from the Central government is received.

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