The East Khasi Hills district administration notified four villages in the district as containment zones due to the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
The notification stated that there had been reports about confirmed cases of ASF in the four villages in East Khasi Hills district, and in order to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease to the neighbouring areas, these villages have been declared as containment zones.
These four villages are Nongmynsong-Umkdait, Mawlai Mawdatbaki, Mawshbuit Nongrim, and Sohiong Krang.
There will be a ban on transportation of pigs from and into the infected zones besides ban on slaughtering of pigs and sale of pork in the infected zones.
The administration has also laid down a number of health protocols for these areas right from maintaining hygiene and bio-secured conditions and restricted entry of personnel into pig sties to restriction on movement of vehicles from the infected zones.
“Waste from slaughterhouses and pork stalls to be disposed of properly after following all standard protocols including disinfection and burial in these zones,” the notification said.
Sensitization of all stakeholders such as pig rearers, pork vendors and slaughterhouses has also been ordered.
“The rapid response team of the Veterinary Department shall take all necessary action as per the instructions in the aforementioned order to respond, contain, and prevent spread of the ASF in these areas,” the notification added.