Guwahati- Amid the coronavirus outbreak in India, northeastern state is fearing another threat as thousands of pigs died after being infected with swine flu, said, Atul Bora, Assam state’s agriculture and veterinary minister,
Mr Bora said that the flu entered India from China where it was reported in December last year.
So far, the Swine flu has killed 2,260 pigs in 306 villages of Assam, according to the state government’s figures.
“This flu has a 100% mortality rate, is highly contagious, and there is no treatment for it. We received the test reports two days back, from a laboratory in Central India . The good thing is this disease does not affect humans,” said Mr Bora
Mr Bora claimed the flu traveled from China, saying it was reported in the Xinjiang province of China in December 2019. Xinjiang is adjacent to Arunachal Pradesh.
The Assam government has also banned the sale and purchase of pigs and pork in six of its most affected districts, including Dhemaji, Sivsagar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, and Biswanath.
“We have been asked by the Central government to cull the animals. But we have not yet started the process. So far, we feel that the ongoing nationwide lockdown has helped us.
Also, we are trying to maintain a strict physical distance between pigs, thus trying to avoid more deaths. If nothing else works, we will have to start culling,” added Bora.