Central Urgent Action Needed to Stop Spread of African Swine Fever in Madhya Pradesh

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Around 50 pigs have been culled in Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh, due to cases of African swine fever. An official confirmed this on Thursday.

Sources from the state veterinary department have indicated that if initial measures to control the infection are not effective, approximately 1,000 more pigs may need to be culled. Samples from pigs that died in Hata, 35 km from Damoh district headquarters, were sent to a government lab and confirmed to be infected with African swine fever three days ago, according to District Veterinary Officer B K Asati.

Pigs within a one km radius of the affected area are being culled and disposed of properly. Asati has assured that the nine km area surrounding the location of the pig deaths is under close monitoring.

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