The Veterinary Department on Tuesday visited Phaiphung Khunou in Manipur's Senapati district over the death of a large number of pigs due to unknown disease and collected samples of the carcasses.
It may be mentioned that the Imphal Free Press had reported the outbreak of unknown animal disease at Phaiphung Khunou under Chilivai Bhaiphung sub-division in Manipur's Senapati district on June 28 and July 3 this year.
When the IFP first made the report on June 28, 2022, over 100 pigs had succumbed to the disease. The death toll surged to over 120 on July 3, 2022, including major pigs and piglets and rendered several in critical conditions.
Informing the Imphal Free Press on Tuesday evening, Adam Poutau, headman of Bhaiphung Khunou said that the Veterinary Department visited the village today and collected samples of the carcasses.
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The infected pigs showed bodily weaknesses, loss of appetite and died a quick death.
Following the spread of the disease, Phaiphung Khunou village authority had written to the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Khashim Vashum, on July 7, urging him to depute veterinary doctors and take stock of the situations being faced by the locals.
In the letter sent to the veterinary Minister, it stated that over 150 pigs had fallen to the disease.
It may be recalled that several pigs and Asiatic water buffalos had recently died of unknown disease in Manipur's Ukhrul and Kamjong district.