Meghalaya government awaits the results of samples of 49 dead pigs sent for testing

Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Thursday informed that so far 73 pigs have died in the state and out of this, the cause of death of 24 pigs has been due to African swine fever (ASF).

During a media briefing, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that out of 73 death cases, 24 have been confirmed to be due to ASF. As for the other 49 deaths, samples have been collected and sent for further investigation.

The government informed that the deaths were recorded from 12 villages across the state. “East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills are some of the districts where African swine fever has been confirmed,” he said.

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Owing to this, the government has now decided that the villages which have witnessed the death of pigs will now be declared as containment zones.

“By containment zones, we mean that these places will not be allowed to slaughter pigs, or transport pigs to other areas,” said Tynsong.

Tynsong added that the government’s decision was taken to contain the further spread of ASF in the piggery farming or other piggery sectors.

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