No case of cattle with lumpy skin disease has been detected in Meghalaya so far.

Meghalaya deputy chief minister in-charge of animal husbandry & veterinary department, Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday also said the spread of African swine fever has been contained in the state.

He said the spread of the African swine fever in Meghalaya has been confined only in 19 villages, which were earlier declared as ‘epicentres’.

“There has been no increase of African swine fever cases in the state and the department has been able to contain the spread of the disease only in those villages which have been declared as epicenters,” he said.

The 19 villages declared as ‘epicentres’ include four villages in West Jaiñtia Hills district, two in East Jaiñtia Hills district, five in Ri-Bhoi district, seven in East Khasi Hills district, and one in West Khasi Hills district.

Stating that no case of cattle infected with the lumpy skin disease so far, the deputy chief minister said that the government cannot be complacent.

“I have already instructed the director of the Veterinary to be more vigilant and pro-active on this by going down to the grassroots and the farmers should be made aware,” he said.

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