African Swine Fever: Culling of pigs underway in Kerala’s Kannur

The culling and burial of pigs on a local farm in Kanichar panchayat is progressing in this region following the recent discovery of African swine fever.

Official sources here said that up to 95 pigs were culled on the farm, which was considered the epicenter of the disease, and were buried on Tuesday, while maintaining all mandatory procedures as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the disease.

Another farm pig, located within a one kilometer radius of the first, will be culled today under the auspices of the Rapid Response Team, which includes District Animal Husbandry Department officials.

The county collector ordered the culling and burial of 273 pigs on the two farms.

Vets Girish, Prashanth, Amitha and Rainsy gave the lead for the culling procedure on Tuesday.

An official statement added that pig farms located within a radius of 10 km are under surveillance.

Barely a week after more than 300 pigs were culled in Wayanad district to prevent the spread of African swine fever detected there, new cases of the disease were reported from there as well as from Kannur.

Kerala in July tightened biosecurity measures following a warning from the center that African swine fever had been reported in Bihar and a few northeastern states.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African swine fever is a highly contagious and fatal viral disease of domestic pigs.

It was first discovered in Kenya, East Africa, in 1921 as a disease that killed endemic pigs. Contact with pigs has been shown to be an important factor in transmission of the virus.

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