Meghalaya yet to be free from African Swine Fever
Meghalaya is yet to be free from African Swine Fever (ASF) since there are still reports of suspected cases of pig deaths from the disease in a few isolated villages.
"We have received reports today about suspected cases of deaths of pigs from ASF in Ri-Bhoi district. Our field officers will be going to collect the samples which will be sent to the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Khanapara for testing," Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department Assistant Director (Disease Investigation), Dr D.I. Kjam informed here on Tuesday.
He said that they have been sending samples of suspected cases for testing during the past few weeks. "But none of the samples turn out positive, which is an encouraging sign," Dr Kjam said.
He also informed that the Government is yet to lift the ban on the inter-district transportation of pigs. "We are taking all precautions to contain the spread of the AFS. I can safely say that we have managed to contain the virus," Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department Assistant Director (Disease Investigation) added.
Replying to a question, Dr Kjam said that they would be able to declare the State free from ASF after 45 days only if all the samples, sent for testing, turn out to be negative.
When asked about the precautionary measures that the farmers or people involved in cattle rearing can take if they suspect Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), Dr Kjam said, “As soon as they observe a suspected case, they have been advised to immediately inform the concerned veterinary doctor nearby."
Secondly, they (farmers) are to separate the cattle suspected of having the disease from the healthy ones since direct contact of animals can spread. Thirdly, they should take precautionary measure like the antibiotic course that is being provided by the concerned veterinary doctor.
He added that the same measures should be followed concerning ASF.
The State, so far, is yet to ascertain if the suspected cases of LSD at Ri-Bhoi District are confirmed cases or not, since the reports are awaited.
“Samples have been collected from the area -- three samples collected, two blood samples of the cattle and one from skin scraping. They have been sent to North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Khanapara and, from there, they will send it to Bhopal to confirm if there is a Lumpy Skin Disease in the State,” Dr Kjam informed.