The deadly and highly contagious African swine fever poses a serious threat not only to the pig industry but the entire economy of Northeast India

Shillong: Following the state veterinary departments order declaring 19 villages as epicentre of African Swine Fever (ASF), Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday informed that the state has been able to curtail the spread of ASF.

Tynsong said that there has been no increase of ASF in the state and the list of containment zones due to ASF remains the same.

Earlier, the government had issued a notification based on the test result of pig samples received from ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal and confirmation of African Swine Fever outbreak in Meghalaya had declared 19 villages as ‘epicentres’ of African Swine Fever disease.

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Concerning cattle infected with Lumpy Skin Disease in the neighbouring state Assam, Tynsong informed that so far there has been no cases detected in the state.

However, instructions have been given to the director of veterinary to be vigilant and proactive on this issue. Tynsong added that they have been instructed to get to the grassroot level and provide awareness to all the farmers.

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