January 13, 2020

 

ASF spreads on Indonesian island 

 

 

The African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in North Sumatra, Indonesia, in the past few months has worsened, spreading to 18 regencies and cities across the province, Vietnam News Agency reported last week.

 

According to the latest data from the North Sumatra Food Security and Livestock Agency, up to 42,000 swine were were killed, with the majority of 27,000 dying from September till December last year.

 

Head of the agency Muhaimin said the virus had also spread to two more regencies, Batubara and Mandailing Natal, in December, in addition to 16 already affected. 15 regencies and cities in the province were still free from the disease.

 

The other 16 regencies and municipalities affected by the virus are Dairi, Deli Serdang, Humbang Hasundutan, Karo, Langkat, Medan, Pakpak Bharat, Pematang Siantar, Samosir, Serdang Bedagai, Simalungun, Tapanuli Selatan, Tapanuli Tengah, Tapanuli Utara, Tebing Tinggi and Toba Samosir.

 

Medan Veterinary Association head Agustia expressed her concern that the virus would spread further if it was not handled properly in a prompt manner.

 

North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said the local authority was keeping a close eye on livestock movements to ensure that the disease did not spread to other provinces.