Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): At least 79 pigs have died and many have taken ill in Mizoram-Myanmar border town of Champhai since early June which is believed to be caused by classical swine fever.
Leaders of the Champhai District Vawkvulh (Pig rearers) Association said that the death toll has risen to 79 as on June 23.
As per the finding of preliminary examination done earlier, pigs were reported to be died of classical swine fever, official sources said.
The pig rearers association on last Friday convened a meeting under the leadership of its president Lalmuanpuia Sailo at Champhai and endorsed the prohibitory order issued by Champhai Deputy Commissioner which banned import of pigs, piglets and poultry products from neighbouring Myanmar. The meeting also wanted to enforce the prohibitory order in stricter form and said that it would take legal action against those who violate the order.
Meanwhile, State Animal Husbandry & Veterinary department on Friday sent Rapid Response team to Champhai town to conduct spot examination and find out the actual cause of pig death. The team comprising of three doctors Dr Esther Zoliani, Dr Neihthangpuii and Dr Zohmingthangi took blood and tissue sample of dead pigs and began laboratory test from Saturday.
According to the finding of the AH&Vety department, the cause of death was attributed to classical swine fever. However, samples of dead pigs were sent to College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry laboratory at Selesih for test to find out whether it was due to the dreaded Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
AH & Vety Director Dr Saingura Sailo said that result is expected to be out within this June.
Over 3000 pigs each died in 2013 and 2016 due to PRRS with Champhai being the hardest hit.
According to experts, PRRS spread from piglets imported from Myanmar as the dreaded disease was prevalent in that country. The imported pigs were distributed to beneficiaries of the New Land Use Policy (NLUP), the flagship programme of the state government by supplier in Champhai which believed to propagate PRRS in the state.