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Over 2900 pigs died of PRRS and CSF in Mizoram

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Over 2900 pigs died of PRRS and CSF in Mizoram

Aizawl: Over 2,900 pigs and piglets have died in Mizoram due to the outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF) since March this year, officials said on Tuesday.

Officials of state animal husbandry and veterinary department said the PRRSoutbreak was originated from Zokhawthar village in Champhai district along the Mizoram-Myanmar.

At least 2,952 pigs and piglets have died and 6,664 others taken ill due to PRRS and CSF till last week, they said.

The officials said that about 101 villages in seven districts of Mizoram have been affected by the two swine diseases. Lunglei district in south Mizoram has been declared safe due to usage of vaccine.

Of the 467 blood samples, 255 have been tested positive for PRRS, while 200 were found to be infected with CSF, officials said.

Aizawl district has recorded the highest number of pig deaths.

Animal husbandry and veterinary department officials also said that they could not figure out the exact number of pigs died due to PRRS and CSF as the already dead pigs could not be inclusively examined.

The first case of PRRS during the current year was identified from Zokhawthar village on 17 March and that of CSF was detected on April 13, they said.

The PRRS also hit Mizoram in 2013 and 2016. More than 3,000 pigs and piglets were died in 2013 and over 4,000 pigs were culled due to the outbreak of PRRS in 2016.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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