Assam government has banned the sale and distribution of pork meat only in six districts following mysterious virus which killed over 1900 pigs in six districts of the state. The districts are: Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Biswanth, Dibrugarh, Sivasagr and Jorhat.
It may be mentioned, 1,964 pigs died after getting infected by a mysterious virus in the above mentioned six districts of the state so far.
Assam Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Minister Atul Bora said that the transportation of pigs for slaughter for consumption or any other reason is prohibited in the mentioned districts with immediate effect.
“All domestically reared pigs shall be confined to the present location and will not be relocated on any pretext to any other location. The transportation of the pigs from outside the state into the state of Assam is prohibited and likewise, the transportation of live pigs or pig meat/products outside the state is prohibited with immediate effect till further order,” according to the office order issued by Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department, Assam.
Transportation and distribution of pigs and sale of pork and pork products is immediately prohibited in the mentioned six districts till further orders.
“Slaughter for the consumption of pigs and sale of pork and pork products is immediately prohibited in the aforementioned districts till further orders,” the order stated, a copy of which is available with Time8.
Bora informed that the veterinary doctors have collected the samples from the dead pigs and sent the samples to Bhopal based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases laboratory.
An expert committee has also been constituted to review the situation and submit an action plan to counter the reported disease and containment measures.
The affected areas have been declared as containment zones to check the spread of the virus, Bora said.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a meeting with the top officials and scientists of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department and directed the department to conduct an inquiry into the pig flu cases in the state.