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PRRS outbreak kills 2,000 pigs in Mizoram dist

 AIZAWL, May 8 - Over 2,000 pigs have died in Mizoram-Myanmar border Champhai town and surrounding villages due to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) till date, Champhai Area Vawkvulh Association (CAVA) or Champhai area Pig Rearers’ Association President K Zamlova said.

Zamlova said over phone from Champhai that the PRRS outbreak, which started more than a month back, continued unabated as more pigs were dying everyday while fresh infections causing illness continued in the affected area covering 19 village councils in Champhai town and nearby villages.

There was no official figure yet on the PRRS toll and Champhai District Veterinary Officer Dr Lalchungnunga Pudaite said they depend on the local Young Mizo Association (YMA) branches, which had been collecting data on the deaths and infections.

Pudaite claimed the District Veterinary officials acted fast, but there were some constraints and waste of time in determination of the disease as samples of the dead pigs were sent to laboratories and the results routed through the Directorate of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary. – PTI

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