Dimapur: Kohima deputy commissioner Shanavas C on Wednesday banned the slaughter of pigs due to the detection of African swine fever in various locations in the district.
In an order, Shanavas said import and export of pigs and piglets and transportation of pigs and pork have also been banned in the district.
The order said Viswema and one km radius have been declared as infected zones while Jakhama, Khuzama, Kigwema, Kidima, Kezoma, Phesama, Pfuchama, Mima and Mitelephe as surveillance zone.
Dzürüzu near Kohima Municipal Council dumping site (New Meriema) and one km radius have also been declared as infected zones and Meriema, Old and New Tsiesema and High School area as surveillance zone.
The order asked everyone concerned to strictly adhere to the restrictions in these areas until further notice.
In another release on Wednesday, Pfutsero’s additional deputy commissioner Japheth Woch said, as recommended by the Pfutsero assistant veterinary surgeon, inter-village transportation of pigs and piglets (both live and slaughtered) to Pfutsero town or the affected villages or areas from the town have been restricted with immediate effect.
The release said the unusual death of pigs has been reported at Phusachudu village. It said the pigs were found to be affected with high fever and anorexia.
Similar reports were also received from Pfutsero town and villages under the Pfutsero sub-division in the Phek district. The collection of blood samples of the affected pigs and postmortem on carcass has been carried out for further lab testing, the release said.
The release added that any person who intends to slaughter pigs may obtain clearance from the Pfutsero office of the veterinary and animal husbandry department to ensure that the livestock is in good health.