Agartala: The Tripura government has sounded alert after reporting the first cases of African Swine Flu in Kanchanpur sub-division under North Tripura district forcedd authorities to declare it the epicenter of the disease.

The ban restrictions were imposed after the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Lab (NERDDL) in Guwahati, after testing RT PCR on a sample of pig tissue sent from Tripura, said it contained the African swine fever virus. 

“To control the disease and prevent infection, the Exotic Pig Breeding Farm in Kanchanpur has been declared as the epicenter of the disease under the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animal Act,” an official from the Animal Resource Development department said. 

According to this law, a 1-km radius area around the place of origin will be considered infected zone and a 10-km area will be considered surveillance zone. Therefore, restrictions have been issued on the basis of this announcement from the Department of Animal Resources Development. 

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Restrictions on Infected Zones for African Swine Flu in Tripura:

1. No pig or pork food, meat or meat products can be taken out or brought into this area from outside.

2. No freight vehicle can carry any pig out of this area. However, animals (pigs) can be carried through this zone by road or rail unless any animal is unloaded from the vehicle in this area. This rule will remain in force until a sanitation certificate is issued by the veterinary authority.

4. No alive or dead pigs suspected to be infected with African swine fever may be moved from the area.

5. A person who has been exposed to or infected with suspected African swine fever shall not be allowed to carry pork, carcasses, skin or any other substance. 

6. No person or organization can organize any animal gathering, animal fair, exhibition etc. in the infected zone unless the veterinary officer gives exemption in the case of other animals.

7. Any person infected with African swine fever or any suspected pig cannot be brought to any market, fair or exhibition.

8. In the interest of public health, the District Animal Officer or the concerned authority may, if necessary, instruct in writing to kill the infected animal in the infected zone and destroy the carcass of that animal in a specific manner.

9. In accordance with the provisions of the said Act, all the concerned officers of the Municipalities and Panchayats, Rural Development, Revenue Department and Agriculture Department shall assist the Animal Officer in discharging his duties. 

10. If a person throws or orders / approves the dumping of the carcass of an infected animal in a river, reservoir, drain or any other reservoir, it will be considered as a punishable offense and hence he may be jailed or fined or both. Restrictions on Surveillance Zones:

11. All restrictions on the infected zone will remain in place in the surveillance zone, but no animal will be killed on suspicion of infection.

12. All the animals in this area will be under strict surveillance such as clinical surveillance, virological surveillance, serological surveillance measures will be taken. 

13. On the advice of the forest department, pigs reared near the forest area will be monitored.

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