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700 Pigs Culled in Madhya Pradesh Amid African Swine Fever Scare

Pigs - Sputnik India, 1920, 05.01.2023
The mortality rate of the African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious viral disease of pigs and wild boar, can be 100 percent. Fortunately, it poses no danger to humans.
At least 700 pigs have been culled in the Damoh district of India’s Madhya Pradesh state amid a scare of African swine fever, said media reports on Thursday, quoting a veterinary doctor.
The district administration culled the pigs after the deaths of animals had been reported on a continuous basis over the past fortnight. The first death was registered in the Hata block in the district, while hundreds of animals, including cows, bulls, and pigs were found dead within a week in the Banawar area.
Locals informed the Animal Husbandry Department about the deaths. The department investigated the issue and found that the animals were dying because of African swine fever.

Talking to the media, veterinarian Dr. Somil Rai said: "After the instructions of the district administration, sampling of sick pigs was done and African Swine Fever was detected in the Hata and Banawar area of the district. The fever has completely spread in the area as a result of which pigs are being killed in the area."

Meanwhile, Damoh District Collector S. Krishna Chaitanya said that an advisory had been issued after the confirmation of the disease and that special precautions were being taken in the Hata and Banawar areas.
Last November, at least 85 pigs died while 115 were infected in the state's Katni district.
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