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· Coronavirus threat looms over Bali as African Swine Fever results in mass pig deaths
· African swine fever kills hundreds of pigs in Bali
Coronavirus threat looms over Bali as African Swine Fever results in mass pig deaths
Cindy Wockner, 7NEWS (Australia)
4 February 2020
Almost 1,000 pigs have died in Bali after authorities confirmed cases of the deadly and highly contagious strain of African Swine Fever.
Indonesia had already banned all flights to and from China amid the escalating coronavirus threat, stranding 5,000 Chinese tourists in Bali.
The double hit for Bali, where Chinese tourists are the second-largest market, comes as authorities move to assure nervous tourists that African Swine Fever, deadly to pigs, is not harmful to humans.
The last flight from Bali to China left last night, carrying 127 passengers on China Southern to Guangzhou.
Officials and passengers were seen during boarding last night wearing face masks.
Indonesia so far has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus and authorities say none of the 5,000 Chinese tourists currently in Bali has exhibited any symptoms.
Two-hundred of the 5,000 are from Hubei province, where the virus originated in the capital city of Wuhan.
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African swine fever kills hundreds of pigs in Bali
Bali (Indonesia) (AFP) | Hundreds of pigs have died from African swine fever in Bali, authorities said Wednesday, marking the Indonesian holiday island's first recorded outbreak and after the virus claimed some 30,000 hogs in Sumatra.
Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana, Bali's agriculture and food security agency chief, said nearly 900 pigs succumbed to swine fever since mid-December.
"The results are positive for African swine fever," Ida told reporters, referring to tests performed on the dead animals.
The string of deaths had appeared to stop over the past week, Wisnuardhana said, adding Bali would go ahead with a pork festival on Friday in a bid to ease concerns over the outbreak.
The announcement comes after Indonesia said this week it would temporarily ban some livestock imports from China over fears about the coronavirus, which has killed almost 500 people in China, where it originated.
In December, Indonesian officials said tens of thousands of pigs died from African swine fever in North Sumatra province.
While Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation -- and eating pork is forbidden by the Koran -- the country also boasts a small Christian majority in North Sumatra and Bali is a Hindu island whose signature dish is roast pig...