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Jun 25, 2012 at 02:51pm IST

Swine fever outbreak in West Sikkim

Gangtok: With three blood samples testing positive at Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory(RDDL), authorities today confirmed swine fever outbreak as the cause of high mortality among pigs in Rinchenpong in West Sikkim.

Joint Director, Animal Husbandry department[West], Dr DS Tewari said in a statement that results of three blood samples sent to RDDL, Khanapara, Assam, confirmed that it is swine fever and the department embarked on a vaccination drive in Rinchenpong constituency.

In the first phase, villages in the constituency have been identified and divided into different segments for the purpose of vaccination.

Swine fever outbreak in West Sikkim

District Collector, West has directed to impose temporary ban on the sale of piglets/pigs in all the nearby markets.

The Upper Hathi Dhunga, Zeel and Lower Hathi Dhunga/12 Mile have been categorised as the 'Infected Zone' while Lower and Upper Sangadorjee and Lower Zeel and Tapel have been identified as 'Hazardous Zone'.

Lower Takuthang, Bompool Reshi Bazaar and Chunbhatti fall under areas, beyond 100 meters of focal area of infection, where vaccination in going on.

Initially the sick animal shows symptoms of hyperthermia followed by lachrymal discharge, staggering gaits, diarrohea finally leading to death.

Besides, the department‘s para-veterinarian has also covered nearly 200 pig spots where disinfection and fumigation was conducted.

District Collector, West has directed BDO, BAC Kaluk to impose temporary ban on the sale of piglets/pigs in all the nearby markets, the statement said.

A team of veterinarian from the headquarters visited the infected area on June 24, the statement said urging vets at Melli, Rangpo, Rambang and Reshi check posts along the West Bengal border to ensure prohibit entry of piglets for at least two more months.