Swine Flu Outbreak in Meghalaya: Measures Implemented to Prevent Further Spread

African Swine Fever (ASF) has killed 22 pigs in the village of Tiehsaw, Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills, proving the existence of the highly contagious disease. The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, Dr. P Sohlang, has urged pig owners in the region to take safeguards immediately and prioritise the welfare of their remaining livestock.

ASF, a viral disease affecting pigs, poses a huge danger to the swine industry, and no therapy or cure is currently known. In response, stringent steps have been taken to prevent the disease from spreading further. To restrict the outbreak, these measures include strict control over access to pigsties and segregation of sick pigs from healthy pigs.

The West Khasi Hills District Deputy Commissioner has taken decisive action by enforcing Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). This action is intended to prevent the spread of ASF and safeguard the region’s cattle population.

In response to probable cases of swine flu, the district administration of Ri Bhoi has designated several villages to containment zones using Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code. In certain places, raising pigs, killing pigs, and selling hog meat are prohibited.

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