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Out break of Swine fever in Meme.


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Veterinary officials at the Ministry of Livestock, Fishery and Animal Husbandry, MINEPIA, Kumba has burnt and buried 32 pigs, alleged to be infected by the African swine fever. The remaining pigs were slaughtered to prevent the disease from spreading to neighbouring pig Fences.

Meantime, the Senior Divisional Officer for Meme has signed a Prefectoral order restricting animals from entering or leaving the Division. MINEPIA officials have erected sanitary barriers at Teke, Banga Bakundu, along the Mamfe road, in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. Cameroon first experienced the African swine fever in 1982, and in 2010 the virus affected pigs in Maroua.  Currently in the South West Region, the Virus has created a heavy toll on pigs in Tombel, Tiko, Mamfe.

The Divisional Chief of Veterinary services in Meme, Mr. Robert Mengot Tambe revealed to Kumba day and night that the 32 pigs that were killed all belonged to a man named Mr. Ngassa, resident at Cameroon street Kumba, and that the alarm was raised by some commercial motorcycle riders, who discovered 5 dead pigs on the street, and went ahead to alert MINEPIA officials adding that Mr. Ngassa had previously lost 63 piglets to the virus. Mr. Robert Mengot further said though the disease is not an airborne or communicable disease, it is therefore not a human health hazard. MINEPIA authorities are doing everything possible to limit the spread of the virus, especially from one sty to another, adding that if people continue to buy the infected pork, or pigs, it will be difficult to contain the spread of the virus.

Robert Mengot told Kumba day and night that the MINEPIA authorities have stepped up efforts to ensure that no animal is slaughtered or sold without been inspected by the MINEPIA Veterinary office staff.

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