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No permission yet to cull Indian CSF pigs

Veterinary authorities in the South-Indian city of Thrissur are waiting for permission to cull pigs after the animals were tested positive on Classical Swine Fever (CSF).

Tests conducted at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, confirmed that CSF was the cause of the recent death of approximately 250 pigs at the farm of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Mannuthy, a suburb in the city of Thrissur.
Tests locally and at the Tamil Nadu University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences had also indicated that CSF was the cause of the pigs' death.
Cull straightaway
The CoVAS dean Dr E. Nanu already said he had wanted to cull the pigs straightaway. "However, we are yet to get permission to cull the disease-affected pigs," he said. "As long as such pigs are retained there, they will continue to shed the virus, which may affect other pigs in the area."
More than 700 animals are still remaining in the stock.
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