Pig entry banned in Assam due to fear of avian influenza and African swine flu

Pig entry banned in Assam due to fear of avian influenza and African swine flu

Outbreaks of Avian Influenza and African Swine Flu are spreading rapidly. In view of this, the Government of Assam has taken a big step. The Assam government has banned the entry of poultry (chickens) and pigs coming from other states into the state following the outbreak of Avian Influenza and African Swine Flu in some states of the country. Assam Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Atul Bora gave this information on Saturday. “The step has been taken to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza and African Swine Flu in poultry and pigs in Assam and other northeastern states,” he said.

Bora said the government has imposed this temporary restriction in the interest of preventing the spread of the disease in Assam and other North Eastern states. The Animal Husbandry Minister of Assam said that there is a possibility of loss in the poultry business in the state of Bihar and Jharkhand due to the outbreak of Avian influenza (H5N1) and African swine fever. It may be noted that in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district in January, the administration had killed more than 700 pigs amid the African swine flu scare.

Avian influenza (H5N1) is a highly contagious disease. It affects many species of pet birds and wild birds, including food-producing birds. This is called influenza A or type A virus. It is commonly found in birds, but occasionally it can infect many other mammals, including humans.

Meanwhile, an outbreak of H3N2 subtype of seasonal influenza has also been observed in India. Due to this, the death of two patients has been confirmed. Two people have been confirmed dead due to this virus in India, one of them was from Karnataka and the other from Haryana. In Karnataka, Heere Gowda (82) died of H3N2 virus on March 1. He was suffering from diabetes and also had a problem of high blood pressure. Apart from this, the death of a 56-year-old cancer patient from H3N2 virus has been confirmed in Haryana.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), H3N2 is an influenza virus that usually spreads from pigs to humans. Its symptoms are similar to those of the seasonal flu virus. It shows symptoms of fever and respiratory problems including cough and sputum. Apart from this, some patients also have other problems including body pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Some fear it could be another Covid-like infection, but pulmonologist Anurag Agarwal said he doesn’t think there will be a big wave.

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