| Porcine issues |
Silchar, Sept. 3: Mizoram has banned the import of pigs from Myanmar, apprehending spread of a viral disease among pigs in the state for two months with effect from yesterday.
The state notified the ban, enforced for the second time this year, by an official proclamation issued yesterday by V. Sapchhunga, the district magistrate of Lunglei, which borders Myanmar, under Section 144 CrPC.
Nobody in Mizoram will be allowed to import pigs either for farming or for their meat for the next two months.
Sources in Lunglei town, the district headquarters, today said the ban had been imposed based on apprehensions that Myanmarese pigs were responsible for spreading the virus, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, among pigs in Mizoram.
The disease causes fever among pigs and affects their nervous system.
There are reports that the viral fever has surfaced again among pigs in Myanmar, prompting the authorities in Mizoram to ban the import of pigs into their state.
The secretary of animal husbandry and veterinary department in Mizoram, T. Sangkunga, said in the initial spurt of the breakout of the virus in March and April this year, about 3,800 pigs and piglets had died in the state.
However, the virus has not infected any human being in Mizoram till now, said L.B. Sailo, director of the state’s animal husbandry and veterinary department.
The embargo on eating pork, imposed after the first upsurge of the spread of the disease among pigs in Mizoram in early March, has, however, been lifted. Pork is widely popular in Mizoram.