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As a few samples of unwell pigs tested positive for African Swine Fever in Punjab's Patiala district, the state government declared the whole state a "controlled area". Meanwhile, two villages have been called the epicentres. 

Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar in an official statement said, samples of unwell pigs from Punjab's Patiala district have tested positive for African Swine Fever (H1N1).

Following this, the state government has declared the whole of Punjab as a "controlled area", while Bilaspur and Sanauri Adda villages in Patiala have been notified as "epicentre" of the disease in order to prevent, control and eradicate it, he added.

The Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development said the government has initiated these measures under 'The Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009' and they have come into force with immediate effect.

Up to a kilometre from the two villages declared the epicentre are considered as "infected zones" while up to 10 km area are classified "surveillance zones", he added.

Bhullar said the highly contagious and fatal viral disease affecting domestic pigs was confirmed by ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal.

No live pig, unprocessed pig meat, feed or any material from piggery farms or backyard piggery shall be taken out of or brought into the infected zone and no person shall bring into market any pig or pig products known to be infected with the disease, the minister said.

Interstate movement of pig or any material belonging to piggery farms is banned until further orders, he added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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