Fever kills nearly 1,000 pigs in Mizoram



Aizawl: At least 1,000 pigs have died of a mysterious fever in Mizoram, even as no case of swine flu has been reported in the state so far.

Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department officials on Saturday said at least 1,000 pigs have died of the fever in Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Kolasib districts.

Director of state AH and Veterinary Department Dr C Sangnghina said, "The spread of swine fever in the state was caused due to import of pigs and piglets from Myanmar with which Mizoram shares 404-km international border."

In the past two months, 774 pigs died in 34 villages of south Mizoram's Lunglei district, while over 200 died in southern Mizoram-Bangladesh border Lawngtlai district and 100 others in Mizoram-Assam border Kolasib district.

Sangnghina said the 'swine fever', first detected in 1980, had killed thousands of pigs in the state, adding that the failure to supply sufficient vaccines by the Centre's approved manufacturing farm led to the pandemic situation.

Bureau Report