Death of 1146 Pigs and Piglets in Mizoram due to PRRS

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Guwahati/Aizwal, April 13: In a shocking revelation it has come to light on Thursday that 1,146 lives of pigs and piglets have been claimed in Mizoram since January this year due to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and other swine diseases.

As per reports, the outbreak of swine diseases has affected around eight of the districts in Mizoram, while affecting the districts of Aizawl, Serchhip and Champhai the most, confirmed an official.

Reports also state that PRRS infected pigs have been treated with vitamins to ensure that their illness is not aggravated any further. However, there are no precise medications to cure PRRS.

While swine flu fever and PRRS is most common in Mizoram during the months of March to May, the Mizoram government had issued a warning around the first week of April this year considering a large number of pigs have been dying since one month across many pockets in the state.

It has also been reported that earlier the government while issuing the alert had asked all the pig-rearers to immediately inform the local/village council authority and veterinary centre in case any death is reported because of the suspected swine fever, while appealing them not to sell any of the sick animals to the people.

It may be also mentioned that in 2013, over 3,000 pigs and piglets have died as a result of PRRS, and in 2016 over 5,000 pigs have died due to the same reason.

(NG)