949 pigs culled so far; cannot rule out chances of flu spreading to more parts, say experts
The staff of the animal farms have been asked to take all precautionary measures while handling the animals.
The department has also cautioned pig farmers in the district to report to the department if any pig is infected by the virus.
Kodagu veterinary department has issued guidelines to maintain hygiene in the pig farms to stop the pigs from being infected.
African swine fever, a contagious and fatal viral disease, has been reported among the pigs in Mananthavady in Wayanad district.
"The two swines which were affected by the virus will be culled as soon as possible. Another 350 pigs in the affected farms will be kept under observation," said Rajesh V R, district Animal Husbandry
The disease was confirmed among pigs of two farms in the district after the samples were tested at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.
Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Dr K Beichhua told that CM Zoramthanga has already given his consent to declare the outbreak as a state disaster.
At least 16 more pigs died of African Swine Fever in Mizoram with the toll due to the disease rising to 770 in the state in a little over two months.
The department will also ensure the safe disposal of pig carcass in accordance with the National Action Plan for Control, Containment and Eradication of African Swine Fever, it added.
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department joint director (Livestock Health) Dr Lalhmingthanga said that fresh pig deaths due to ASF were reported recently in some villages.