African Swine Fever confirmed in Wayanad pig farm


Representative Image | Photo: Ramanath Pai

Wayanad: A case of African Swine Fever confirmed in a pig farm at Mananthavady in Wayanad. The virus was detected on Friday in the sample sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal.

Though the virus has not yet been reported to be spreading to humans, it has a high transmission rate among pigs, informed the Department of Animal Husbandry. It has been directed to ensure strict surveillance in the pig farms all over Kerala. The department has decided to ban the import of pigs from other states.

The Union government had issued warning to all states when the cases of African Swine Fever were reported in the North Eastern states in the country.

As there is no vaccine available for the African Swine Fever, the pigs have to be killed and exhumed once the presence of the virus is diagnosed.

Symptoms

  • Severe fever
  • Reluctance to eat
  • Bleeding on skin
  • Diarrhoea
Guidelines issued by commissioner of central Animal Husbandry department

  • Proper management of waste from farms and pork meat stalls
  • Regular inspections of the pig farms by veterinary officials
  • Regular monitoring of the death rates of wild boars and pigs in farms
  • Proper testing of samples in cases of mass deaths

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