Mizoram bans pig import from Myanmar

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Mizoram has banned the import of pigs from Myanmar, apprehending spread of a viral disease among pigs in the state for two weeks with effect from early this week.

Three pigs in this village, situated in the Champhai district bordering Myanmar, were suffering from the disease which caused discoloration of the skin of the pigs, making it look like the pig was suffering from a severe burn.

Veterinary doctors said that the disease was caused by a virus called ‘Staphylococcus hyicus’ and the victim pigs were now recuperating after being administered direct treatment.

The disease that left more than a thousand pigs in the Mizoram-Myanmar border Champhai district has been identified as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Secretary K. Lal Nghinglova said on Monday.

Members of the Rapid Response Team were sent to Champhai from Aizawl on Monday after laboratory tests confirmed PRRS outbreak in the district.

“The district magistrate of Champhai was asked to issue orders stopping inter-village movement of pigs, import of pigs and piglets from Myanmar and to bury all dead pigs immediately,” he added.

This kind of disease had been spread out in 2013 at 6 districts in Mizoram and it caused to kill many pigs.

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