Alarm bells in Mhow too
A MYSTERY disease has claimed the lives of nearly 500 pigs in Mhow over the last fortnight sending alarm bells ringing among district administration officials and pigsty owners.india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 13:51 IST
A MYSTERY disease has claimed the lives of nearly 500 pigs in Mhow over the last fortnight sending alarm bells ringing among district administration officials and pigsty owners.
Confounded by the inexplicable deaths, the Cantonment Board, the civic authority of Mhow cantonment, has sought the assistance of the doctors from the local Veterinary College and the High-Security Animal Disease Lab (HSADL), Bhopal, in identifying the mystery ailment.
Although urine and saliva samples collected from afflicted animals have been forwarded to HSADL, neither the Bhopal lab nor the Veterinary College has provided a definitive answer so far. Meanwhile, SDM John Kingsley has ordered closure of all shops selling pork with immediate effect as a precautionary measure.
The exact symptomology of the disease, nicknamed pig flu locally, is still unclear. According to pigsty owners, the animal suddenly starts shaking and dies within 15 to 20 minutes.
When contacted, Veterinary College hospital in-charge Dr R L Sisodiya said that till today no pig owner has come to the hospital neither for the treatment nor for any enquiry about this disease.
Cantonment executive officer Nigar Fatima Hussein, after getting information about the disease, wrote to Mhow SDM John Kingsley who directed Dr R K Pandit, Dr U K Garg and Dr R K Bagherwal of Mhow Veterinary College to investigate the mysterious deaths.
A medical team of the Indore district Diseases Research Centre also came to Mhow and collected the samples of the saliva and urine of the diseased pigs.
The samples were sent to the laboratory in Bhopal for examination of the samples.