At least 920 pigs have died due to African Swine Fever (ASF) in less than a month in Mizoram.

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department’s Joint Director Lalhmingthanga said four districts have been affected by the ASF.

The disease was first reported on March 21 from Lungsen village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district near the Bangladesh border.

So far, 577 pigs have died in Lungsen village, and 32 died in the Electric Veng area of Lunglei town.

Apart from that 78 died in the Edenthar neighbourhood and 74 in the Armed Veng locality of Aizawl, he said.

Further, 159 pigs died in three villages of Mamit district, Lalhmingthanga added.

Lungsen in Lunglei district, Zawlnuam in Mamit district, Keitum in Serchhip district have been declared as ‘infected’ areas to stop further spread of the disease.

In Aizawl, three localities — Bawngkawn, Armed Veng and Edenthar have also been identified as ‘infected’ areas.

Electric Veng, Salem Veng and Rashhi Veng in Lunglei town have also been declared as ‘infected’ areas.

ASF is a highly infectious and deadly viral disease, affecting both domestic and feral swine of all ages.

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