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Wayanad: Cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported in the state yet again. The disease was reported in the pig farm of Baiju Mathew, a native of Kurukkanmoola in Wayanad.
A few days back numerous pigs were found dead on the farm. Later, samples were collected and sent to the Southern Regional Diagnostic Laboratory in Bengaluru for testing. When results confirmed African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) infection, the remaining 9 pigs on the farm were killed.
According to preliminary reports, around 30 pigs on the farm died due to the viral infection.
As part of preventive measures, the district authority initiated action to cull 115 pigs in nearby farms on Tuesday. 134 pigs in other farms will be killed soon.
The state reported its first case of African Swine Fever in July 2022. So far, a total of 989 pigs have been killed in the state as part of precautionary measures.