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ASF outbreaks continue to roil Indian pork sector

African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks are causing major disruptions in the Indian state of Mizoram, killing over 4,600 pigs in two months.

2 June 2021, at 10:55am

Indian animal health authorities have logged 4,650 ASF mortalities in pigs and piglets in two months in the state of Mizoram. Dr Lalhmingthanga, the Joint Director (Livestock Health) at the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Department, told India Today that that the outbreak has caused farm losses of over $2.5 million (Rs 18.60 crore).

The first case of African swine fever was reported on 21 March in Lungsen, a village in South Mizoram near the border with Bangladesh. Since this first case, the deadly pig disease has spread to nine districts across the state.

As of 29 May, the official death toll from ASF stands at 4,650 pigs.

Read more about this story in India Today.