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· Indonesia reports first African Swine Fever outbreak
… The Medan Veterinary Centre yesterday confirmed that the infected animals had succumbed to ASF virus…
· Indonesia suspects outbreak of African swine fever
… A provincial official said on Wednesday that more than 4,000 pigs had died after an outbreak of classical swine fever, also known as hog cholera…
Indonesia reports first African Swine Fever outbreak
Beef Central (Australia)
November 8, 2019
AS THE viral disease continues to spread across southeast Asia, Indonesia has reported its first outbreak of African Swine Fever, with reports yesterday of up to 4000 pigs dying at several sites near Medan, in Northern Sumatra.
The Medan Veterinary Centre yesterday confirmed that the infected animals had succumbed to ASF virus.
While Indonesia’s predominantly Muslim population does not eat pork, it is the protein of choice among substantial numbers of ethnic Chinese, Christians, Hindus and other denominations across the country.
According to estimates made by Indonesia’s Statistics Bureau, the country produced about 330,000 tonnes of pork meat last year, with the Hindu enclave of Bali being the largest producer. North Sumatra produced about 43,000t last year.
Initially, hog cholera, a disease behind a pig sickness outbreak in 1993 was suspected, but after extensive testing, the director general of animal disease and health with Indonesia’s ministry of agriculture confirmed the disease as ASF, saying the virus had never existed previously in Indonesia. The agency has established monitoring posts in 38 districts.
North Sumatra is not far from other large pork eating populations in Singapore and parts of Malaysia. The detection in North Sumatra follows a similar ASF detection last month on Timor Leste...
Indonesia suspects outbreak of African swine fever
Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Edmund Blair, Reuters
via WKZO (MI) - November 08, 2019
JAKARTA (Reuters) - An outbreak of African swine fever in Indonesia's North Sumatra province has been detected by laboratory tests carried out after the deaths of thousands of pigs in the area this week, an agriculture ministry official said on Friday.
A provincial official said on Wednesday that more than 4,000 pigs had died after an outbreak of classical swine fever, also known as hog cholera.
"Clinical symptoms and laboratory test results point to African swine fever, but there are also samples that are positive for hog cholera," Fadjar Sumping Tjatur Rassa, the agriculture ministry's director of animal health, told Reuters.
Classical swine fever was first detected in September in the province's Dairi district, a local official said.
Rassa could not say how many of the pigs deaths may have been caused by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
"For the ASF, of concern is the economic loss because of its rapid spread and its high mortality rate," Rassa said, adding that both classical swine flu and ASF did not infect humans.
He said the government had implemented...