India: Swine Flu. A Problem for Years But Officials Deny Problems As Always. Remember Lebanon Explosion ? – Another Example of Government Failing to Act !

India reported over 1,400 cases of swine flu, also known as influenza A (H1N1) between January and March 2020, with 28 deaths. The country saw an outbreak of this disease in 2015, recording over 42 thousand cases and 2,990 deaths.

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LAST UPDATED : Jul 15, 2020

Swine flu is a type of respiratory disease which is caused by influenza viruses. The disease infects the respiratory tract of pigs and can be transmitted to humans. The behaviour of the diseases includes – barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions etc. The symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to most influenza infections such as – high fever (100 F or greater), cough, nasal secretions, fatigue, and headache.

The best way to prevent Swine flu is to get the vaccination. It will reduce the chances of becoming infected with influenza viruses. As per media reports, swine flu has claimed over 1,000 lives so far in the year 2017, which is four times more than the deaths recorded last year. As per the data from the Union health ministry, more than 22,186 cases of Swine flu have been reported across the India till now.

Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of deaths with 437 people succumbing to H1N1 infections, followed by 269 deaths in Gujarat, 73 in Kerala, and 69 in Rajasthan.

The health ministry data further revealed that the country recorded 1,094 swine flu deaths and 22,186 cases till August 20, 2017, as compared to 265 deaths and 1,786 cases last year.

The data also revealed that 342 people have died in August alone as compared to six deaths in the same period last year. 

This indicates the worst outbreak of H1N1 influenza in the pandemic years of 2009-10 when the disease killed over 2,700 people and affected around 50,000 others.

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Punjab to get UK piglets meant for northeast states now hit by African swine flu

The animals, to be distributed among Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland, which had come up with a special pig breeding policy, will now be sent to Punjab

Patiala About 250 high quality piglets imported from the United Kingdom (UK) under the National Livestock Mission for the northeastern states are now being sent to Punjab due to an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The NLM under the Union department of animal husbandry and dairying had imported 262 piglets from the UK in February for the northeastern states for high quality pig breeding in India. As per the programme, the animals were to be distributed among Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland, which had come up with a special pig breeding policy.

However, after the highly contagious ASF claimed the lives of hundreds of pigs and wild boars in the northeast, the NLM changed plans and Punjab was entrusted with the task of caring for them and to continue the breeding process.

The animals, which at present are quarantined at the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service Centre in New Delhi, will be housed in government piggery farms in Punjab.

Preparing to welcome them, the department of animal husbandry has initiated a sanitisation drive at Patiala district’s Nabha piggery farm, an innovative pig breeding centre.

Dr Inderjit Singh, director, Punjab animal husbandry department, said a formal communiqué from NLM to keep the animals in Punjab had already been received. “We have admitted to the terms and conditions of the project, which is completely sponsored by the NLM, while the department will provide all logistics to carry high-quality rearing of pigs in Punjab.”

Pig farming to get a boost

The move, he added, will give a boost to pig farming in the state with large-scale breeding of high-quality imported breeds of pigs in the coming years.

The animal husbandry department has already issued an ASF advisory. “Though no case has been reported in Punjab so far but the pig farmers have been alerted about the animal disease, which is turning deadly in the northeast states,” Gaba said.

ASF is a severe viral disease that affects wild and domestic pigs resulting in an acute haemorrhagic fever. No medicine or vaccine cure has been developed as yet.

Experts believe that the disease has a 100% of case fatality rate The animal husbandry department has already issued an ASF advisory. “Though no case has been reported in Punjab so far but the pig farmers have been alerted about the animal disease, which is turning deadly in the northeast states,” Gaba said.

ASF is a severe viral disease that affects wild and domestic pigs resulting in an acute haemorrhagic fever. No medicine or vaccine cure has been developed as yet.

Experts believe that the disease has a 100% of case fatality rate (CFR) among pigs.

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