Shillong, May 5: Atleast 14 pigs have died in Meghalaya due to classical swine fever.
“The pigs died in different dates in East Khasi Hills district and Ri-Bhoi district over the last couple of months,” Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, G.M.R.K.Marak said.
Six pigs have died in some villages under Mawphlang assembly constituency and another eight pigs in some villages under Umsning assembly constituency, Marak said, adding that from the post mortem reports, it was found that they have died due to the classical swine fever.
A rapid response team has formed a district-level rapid response teams to continuously monitor the situation.
The Khasi Jaintia Pig Association has also stopped selling pork for the next two weeks from May 6 following the report of African Swine flu in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Meghalaya government has banned import of pigs from outside the state besides stopping inter-district transportation of pigs.
The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department has also asked all pig farms, private farms and pig farmers to take adequate measures for strict hygiene and bio-security such as disinfection of the farms, equipments and restricting entry of any outside person into pig farms.