'Pig fever' detected in Kerala

INDIA - Kerala's Animal Husbandry Minister C. Divakaran on Wednesday confirmed that pig fever had been diagnosed and was the cause of death of pigs at a private farm in Wayanad.
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This is believed to be the first reported case of the disease in the country.

"Pig fever was ascribed to the death of pigs by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Uttar Pradesh after samples were sent to them," said Divakaran.

Reports indicate that initially the owner of the pig farm in Wayanad, about 600 km from here, kept silent about the sudden death of pigs at his farm.

Later, after media reported on the possibility of the disease, samples were taken from the farm and sent to Bangalore followed by Uttar Pradesh.

"We have taken elaborate steps to see that vaccines are distributed to other pig farms in the state," said Divakaran.

Source: Times of India

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