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All eight Mizoram districts hit by PRRS

By Newmai News

AIZAWL, June 10 - All the eight districts of Mizoram have been affected by the outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF) with the recent detection of pig deaths in Lunglei, the last district to be hit by the two swine diseases.

Officials of State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department said some pigs were found dead while some others were taken ill due to PRRS and CSF in Lunglei district last week.

At least 2,970 pigs and piglets have died in Mizoram and 6,711 pigs were taken ill till Saturday due to the outbreaks since early March, they said. The officials also said that more than 103 villages in all the eight districts of Mizoram have been affected by the two swine diseases.

Aizawl district has recorded the highest number of pig deaths. Officials, however, said that though there are new cases of PRRS and CSF, the spread of the diseases is going down and is more or less contained now.

The first case of PRRS during the current year was identified from Zokhawthar village on March 17 and that of CSF was detected on April 13, the officials said.

The PRRS also hit Mizoram in 2013 and 2016. More than 3,000 pigs and piglets had died in 2013 and over 4,000 pigs were culled due to the outbreak of PRRS in 2016.

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