Last Updated on October 13, 2023 by SPN Editor
Kakching/October 10, 2023 (SPN) | Residents of Kakching district have expressed their growing concerns over a recent surge in unexplained pig deaths, possibly Swine Flu outbreak in various areas including Keirak, Hiyanglam, Arong Nongmaikhong, Mayeng Lamjao, Laimanai, Tezpur, Langmeidong, Thounaojam, Yangdong, Elangkhanpokpi, Thongjao, and Waikhong.
Local sources have reported a concentration of these mysterious pig fatalities in Langmeidong, Thounaojam, Yangdong, and Elangkhanpokpi, raising suspicions of a potential outbreak of an unidentified disease.
While no official confirmation has been issued, pig farmers have noted symptoms resembling viral fever and are considering the possibility of a swine fever variant.
The course of this ailment typically begins with pigs developing fever and a loss of appetite, eventually leading to their demise within approximately five days.
Many farmers are grappling with substantial losses, with some losing entire herds of pigs due to this affliction.
In response to this alarming situation, reports have emerged of farmers selling deceased pigs at significantly reduced prices in an attempt to recoup some of their financial losses.
According to sources, fully grown pigs, usually valued between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000, are now being sold for prices ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000 after death.
The local community is deeply concerned about the potential spread of this Swine Flu outbreak among pigs and the resulting public health risks. They are urgently calling on relevant authorities to investigate the matter and implement necessary measures to control the situation.
Meanwhile, several meat shops in Imphal and neighboring areas have begun offering pig steaks at discounted rates, some as low as Rs 180 per kg.
While it remains uncertain whether this sudden price drop is connected to the ongoing pig health crisis, there are growing apprehensions about potential public health hazards linked to the sale of meat from diseased pigs.
A veterinary expert has highlighted the possibility of Swine Flu outbreak affecting pigs in certain parts of the state, raising serious questions about the sale of pig steaks at a reduced rate of Rs 180 per kg (as opposed to the usual Rs 360 per kg).
Consuming pork from a pig that has succumbed to swine fever poses health risks to humans, which is a major concern.
Breastfeeding women are particularly advised to exercise caution when considering the consumption of such meat, as it could potentially impact the health of their babies.
To mitigate these risks, it is crucial for individuals to avoid consuming meat without verifying its source.
The state government must take immediate measures to assess the situation and impose a ban on the sale of infected or deceased pigs.
Simultaneously, efforts should be made to raise awareness about the potential health implications for humans, as emphasized by the expert.