Punjab: African swine fever confirmed in samples of sick pigs
Samples were taken from Patiala district, Punjab declared ‘controlled area’
Bilaspur and Sanouri Adda villages considered centers of disease
Chandigarh. African swine fever has been confirmed in samples of sick pigs from Patiala district in Punjab. Punjab Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar gave this information on Friday. Subsequently, the state government has declared entire Punjab as ‘contained zone’, while Bilaspur and Sanouri Adda villages in Patiala have been notified as the epicenter of the disease, he said in a statement.
Bhullar said that the government has taken steps under the Prevention and Control of Infections and Infectious Diseases in Animals Act 2009 and these have come into force with immediate effect. He said an area up to one kilometer from two villages declared as the epicenter of the disease is considered ‘infected area’, while an area up to 10 km is classified as ‘surveillance zone’.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 19, 2022, 23:25 IST