It's very quiet on the flu front this Sunday morning, but in northeast India's Manipur state they've got a new problem. Via Kangla Online: Deaths of swines in Tamenglong cause fear among villagers. Excerpt:
Deaths of at least four pigs due to a mysterious disease in the last few days at Namtiram village in Tousem sub-division of Tamenglong district is causing panic in the villagers as they fear it may spread to human beings.
Spread of the disease was also reported at other places but there were no reports of mass deaths due to the disease.
As per the villagers, a pig suffering from the disease stayed away from food for two to three days before starting to run to and fro and dying later. Some escaped from their pens and died in the forest.
The affected villagers were not happy with the district veterinary office at district headquarter for failing to respond to their complaints on the spread of the disease.
However, the authorities have maintained that they received no complaints or reports on the matter.
The recent outbreak of bird flu in the state has compounded the fears of the villagers as there is apprehension that it may spread to humans too.
The fear comes amidst worry of losing investments on piggery, said Arangbou, president of the Namtiram Youth Club. Villagers want the veterinary and medical teams to investigate into the disease and caution the villagers so that they can take up precautionary or preventive measures, Arangbou said.
The staff at the veterinary office have, meanwhile, advised the villagers to administer tetracycline and teramycin to the sick pigs, the president stated.
The commandant of the 6th Manipur Rifles at Khongjaron had recently complained that his pigs had been infected by an unknown disease and the veterinary office had advised administering of Ampicilin to the infected pigs, sources at the veterinary office said.
Swine disease and avian flu seem to have some kind of rough association in hot-zone countries, but I don't know whether it's due to generally unsanitary farming conditions or some more direct casual link.