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.
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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