Nagaland, Jan 15: An outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed by the State Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services (AH&VS) in some parts of Nagaland.

The confirmation came through the RT-PCR (Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test by the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostics Laboratory, Khanapara in Guwahati from the samples submitted from Longjongkong and Satier villages of Mokokchung District and Kuzatu Village, Wazeho Block under Phek district.

The veterinary department following this appealed to everyone dealing with pigs and pork to remain cautious and vigilant about the situation.

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People have been asked to report any unusual mortality of domestic pigs and feral pigs to the “nearest veterinary institute and assist the veterinary and forest departments for sero-surveillance, control, containment & eradication as per the National Action Plan.”

One-kilometre radius from the epicentre of the African Swine Fever outbreak (affected villages) has been declared Infected Zone (IZ) and a radius of 10 Kms as Surveillance Zone in Nagaland.