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African swine flu wreaks havoc in Assam, 13,000 pigs die

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12th May, 2020 12:15 IST

Guwahati: On one hand, the country is struggling with the Corona epidemic, while in the north-eastern state of Assam, a new problem has arisen. Here African swine flu infection is spreading rapidly, due to which more than 13 thousand pigs have died in the last few days. This has affected the livelihood of hundreds of people engaged in animal husbandry.

The canal has been dug to prevent pigs from entering the populated area. A spokesman of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department said that the infection is spreading very fast and the deaths of pigs have been reported in 9 districts of Assam. A total of 13,013 pigs have died in the last few days due to the African Swine Flu (ASF). The ASF case first came to light in Assam in February this year.

Spokesman said that, 'The infection has spread from six districts to 3 more districts Majuli, Golaghat and Kamrup Metropolitan.' Initially the infection was found in 6 districts of Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Biswanath districts of the state. After this incident, Assam Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Atul Bora visited Kaziranga National Park and inquired about the steps taken to save wild boars from deadly infection.

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