Assam which is one of the largest consumers of pork meat will have a hard time as the state reports African Swine Fever in pigs.
Assam; African Swine Fever in pigs
The state reported its first case after a pig in Dibrugarh’s Bhogali Pathar Village tested positive for the virus.
Dr. Himandu Bikash Barua, a veterinary officer, stated that all pigs within a radius of 1 km of the epicentre have been culled.
He further added, “We first declare the area up to 1 km as infected. According to the rules, we have killed and buried all the pigs in the infected area. Simultaneously, we have also sanitised the entire area.”
The experts stated that the virus does not spread to humans even though it is considered highly contagious in pigs.
As per government data, more than 40,000 pigs have died in the state because of the virus. Apart from Assam – states like Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Tripura, Uttarakhand, and Bihar have reported cases of African Swine Fever.
Since the virus is highly communicable and contagious among pigs, the centre has advised people to avoid consuming pork for now.