African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed in three districts of Meghalaya after the samples in West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi have tested positive on Tuesday.
The samples taken from the three Meghalaya districts were tested at North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Khanapara. The tests were conducted for detection of viral DNA of ASF by PCR, informed deputy director of the Animal Health Centre.
What is African Swine Fever?
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses.It is caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfaviridae family, which also infects ticks of the genus Ornithodoros.
ASF is a disease listed in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code and must be reported to the OIE.