African Swine fever outbreak: Wayanad to cull 148 pigs

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Wayanad: As many as 13 pigs have died at a farm in Wayanad due to African swine fever. The disease has been confirmed at a farm in Edavaka, owned by PB Nashid.

According to the farm owner, pigs at his farm started dying from November 4 onwards. The disease was confirmed after the samples of the dead pigs were sent to the Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Bengaluru.

After confirming African Swine infection, 23 remaining pigs on Nashid’s farm will be culled. The district authority also decided to cull pigs in farms within the one-kilometre radius around Nashid’s farm. The pigs would be killed using an electric stunner.

Edavaka veterinary surgeon Dr Celia Luis said that 148 pigs in Nashid’s farm and three nearest farms would have to be killed to contain the infection.

A 12-member RRT team comprising senior veterinary surgeon KS Sunil, veterinary surgeons Dr V Jayesh, Dr Faisal Yousaf, field assistant and livestock inspectors would complete the procedures.

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