Eating pork poses no risk of ‘Nipah’ virus
The officials of the Livestock Development Division of the Ministry of Agriculture informed Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera Wednesday (04) that due to the ‘Nipah’ virus that is spreading in several countries including India, the consumption of pork in this country has decreased and therefore the pork industry is facing many problems.
Commenting on the risk of ‘Nipah’ virus, the officials of the livestock sector emphasized that there is no risk of the virus entering Sri Lanka and therefore there is no need to fear the consumption of pork. ‘Nipah’ virus is a Zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The virus can be transmitted to humans through unprotected contact with infected pigs, their tissues, body fluids and faeces.
However, since this disease has not been reported from Sri Lanka so far, and the health departments are strictly implementing disease control measures, there is very little chance of ‘Nipah’ virus entering our country. Also, the Department of Animal Production and Health has started a programme to monitor all pig farms in the island.
Therefore, the officials of the livestock sector emphasized that there should be no undue fear for the consumption of pork produced in this country as consumption of pork is not a problem.
There was a discussion in this regard under the chairmanship of the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera where these views were expressed.