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·         Thousands of pigs allegedly dead from cholera discarded in N. Sumatra rivers

·         Indonesia swine fever outbreak kills more than 4,000 pigs



Thousands of pigs allegedly dead from cholera discarded in N. Sumatra rivers


Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post

November 6, 2019


Medan, North Sumatra   /  Thousands of pigs believed to have died from cholera have littered rivers and streets across North Sumatra in the past few days after they were allegedly discarded by their owners, raising fears of contamination and further spread of the virus.


In the provincial capital Medan, hundreds of pig carcasses were found along the Bederah River in Terjun subdistrict, Medan Marelan district, and near residential areas, causing residents to complain about the stench.


One of the residents, Jumadi, said it had been three days since residents saw pig carcasses floating on the Bederah River and on the riverbank.


"There are hundreds of pig carcasses floating along the river, contaminating the water. No one can drown them because of the stench," Jumadi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.


Jumadi, who lives 30 meters away from the Bederah riverbank, said he did not know where the pigs had come from.


Dead pigs have also contaminated a river in Karing village in Berampu district, Dairi regency, which was commonly used by residents to wash their laundry, bathe and even as a source of drinking water. The carcasses were believed to have been discarded in the river a few days ago, though the person or persons responsible remain unknown.


Meanwhile, in Balige, Toba Samosir regency, pig carcasses were found on Jl. Raya Simanjalo on Monday. Residents and regency officials have cleaned up the street and buried the carcasses nearby.


The head of animal husbandry at the Toba Samosir Agriculture and Fisheries Agency, Robert Aruan, urged pig farmers...





Indonesia swine fever outbreak kills more than 4,000 pigs


Reporting by Jessica Damiana; Writing by Stanley Widianto; Editing by Louise Heaven, Reuters

via WKZO (MI) - November 06, 2019 


JAKARTA (Reuters) - More than 4,000 pigs have died after an outbreak of swine fever in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, the head of the area's food security and livestock agency said on Wednesday.


Carcasses have reportedly been found in rivers and on streets as owners discarded them out of fear of contagion, though the agency head M. Azhar Harahap stressed the virus is only infectious to pigs, not humans.


"The number of deaths is hovering around 4,000," Harahap said by telephone.


Classical swine fever (CSF) virus, also known as hog cholera, was first detected in September in the province's Dairi district, he said, noting the agency would open monitoring posts in 38 districts.


According to preliminary estimates by Indonesia's statistic bureau...