Swine flu puts wildlife officials on high alert

Pig farmers disposing carcasses in the Brahmaputra

The recovery of 28 pig carcasses from a stretch of the Brahmaputra river flowing through the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has alarmed wildlife officials in Assam. There have been reports of pig farmers disposing of carcasses in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries after the outbreak of African Swine Fever (AFS) in mid-April.

The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department said the disease, earlier suspected to be classical swine fever, has killed more than 2,500 pigs.

“Our Biswanath Division removed 28 pig carcasses from the river and had them disposed properly. But a major worry is the contamination of the river water which the animals and people in these parts use for drinking,” KNP Director P. Sivakumar said.

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