People for Animals (PFA) Manipur on Sunday condemned the acts of disposing of dead pigs in the river, raising alarm that it can lead to mass spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) prevailing in the state.
A release said that ASF virus can survive on the flesh of dead pigs for several days and can also extend their lifespan during winters.
It said that it is best to avoid consuming pig meat even if it is not communicable while eating but it can get in the human body from their blood, urine and stool. It added that ASF can be dangerous in both domesticated and wild pigs.
It has a high chance of spreading to the wild pigs at Keibul Lamjao National park as the contaminated water from the river where dead pigs were dumped have reached Loktak Lake as mortality rate of the virus is 100 per cent.
The Veterinary department needs to escalate their preventive measures, it mentioned.
PFA warned not to dump dead pigs in the river and appealed to seek help from the district administration and district veterinary office to properly dispose of the pigs.
It appealed to the public to inform the PFA team if they saw anyone disposing of dead pigs in inappropriate places in their contact number 9862107063. It also appealed to the pig owners to contact them if the authorities concerned failed to provide help.
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