Kannur: The Kerala government has ordered the culling of more than 250 pigs due to fresh cases of African swine fever. In Kerala’s Kannur district, more than 250 pigs will be slaughtered from Tuesday in Kanichar panchayat to prevent the spread of ‘African swine fever’, officials said.
Earlier orders were issued to kill 300 pigs. The district collector on Monday ordered the killing of 237 pigs in two farms.
According to reports, the decision was taken as one of these farms is the epicenter of ‘African swine fever’ and the other is within a kilometer radius of it.
Apart from these two farms, all pig farms within a radius of 10 km are under the surveillance ring, officials said. About a week ago, more than 300 pigs were killed after cases of ‘African swine fever’ were reported in Wayanad district.
African swine fever outbreaks
Officials said one case each of ‘African Swine Fever’ has been reported from Wayanad and Kannur. A meeting was also held by the district collector’s office in view of the new cases of ‘African Swine Flu’, while a health alert has already been issued for monkeypox.
According to a press release issued after the meeting of the officials, the District Collector has ordered in the meeting to provide all necessary assistance to all the departments to form disease prevention committees.
Also, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the disease, an order has been issued banning the import-export of pigs, their meat or related products and feces from Kerala or from Kerala to other states and southern states for 30 days from August 1.
Police and local transport officials will monitor the border areas. A new case of the disease came to light in Nenemani village in Wayanad. Due to this, the animal husbandry department has been alerted throughout the district.
Dr. Rajesh, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry, Wayanad, told reporters that 193 pigs have been killed this week in and around Nenemani Farm of Sultan Bathery to prevent the spread of the disease.
The animal husbandry department, which claims that there are more than 20,000 pigs in 222 farms in Wayanad, also said that their samples will be collected for testing.