Kerala: 310 pigs killed in view of African swine flu fever outbreak

New Delhi: The Centre on Sunday said that around 310 pigs have been culled in Kerala’s Thrissur district following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). The outbreak was detected in Madakatharan panchayat following which the state’s animal husbandry department took immediate action. The Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said in a statement that rapid response teams were deployed on July 5 to cull the pigs within a radius of one kilometre of the area.

This is the latest development in the country’s effort to tackle ASF, which was first reported in May 2020 in the northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Since then, the disease has spread to nearly 24 states and union territories across the country. “As per the action plan, further surveillance is to be carried out within a 10-km radius of the affected area,” the ministry said. “ASF cannot spread to humans,” the ministry clarified. However, the lack of a vaccine for ASF underlines the challenges in managing animal diseases.

The National Action Plan for Control of ASF, formulated in 2020, outlines containment strategies and response protocols for outbreaks. Amid a fresh outbreak of ASF in Kerala, the Central government observed World Zoonosis Day on July 6 with an interactive session. The day – observed to commemorate the development of the first successful rabies vaccine by Louis Pasteur on July 6, 1885 – is a stark reminder of the thin distinction between animal and human health.

Zoonotic diseases that spread from animals to humans include familiar threats such as rabies and influenza as well as more recent concerns such as COVID-19. “It is important to distinguish between zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases. Many animal-borne diseases, such as foot and mouth disease or lumpy skin disease, cannot infect humans,” the ministry said.

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