Guwahati, 11th March: In light of the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza and African Swine Fever in some states of India, the Assam government has taken a proactive step to prevent the spread of these diseases to the state and other North Eastern states. The government has imposed a temporary ban on the entry of poultry and pigs from other states through the western border of Assam.
The ban was announced by Assam Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Atul Bora on Saturday, who emphasized that the measure was taken as a precautionary measure to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people and livestock in the state. The ban on entry of poultry and pigs will be in effect until further notice.
Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, is a viral disease that affects birds and can be transmitted to humans. African Swine Fever is a highly contagious viral disease that affects pigs and can cause high mortality rates in infected herds. Both diseases can have severe economic and health consequences if not controlled.
The Assam government’s decision to ban the entry of poultry and pigs from other states is seen as a positive step towards preventing the spread of these diseases and protecting the state’s livestock and population. The government has also urged the people to report any suspected cases of Avian Influenza or African Swine Fever to the nearest veterinary or animal health officials for prompt action.
It is worth noting that the ban only applies to the entry of poultry and pigs through the western border of Assam. However, the government has advised people to take necessary precautions and follow good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of these diseases within the state.