African Swine Fever (ASF) Threatens Farmers In NTT

African Swine Fever (ASF) is reportedly killing hundreds of pigs in Indonesia’s neighbouring country, Timor Leste. Farmers and locals in Indonesia’s Timor Timor and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) are worried that the virus will spread. As numbers escalate, Indonesian authorities have set up a team that will help in monitoring and control of the disease.

“We have set up three teams comprising the Indonesia Department of Livestock, Denpasar Veterinary Center and the Directorate of Animal Health, Ministry of RI to immediately take control of the matter at hand,” stated Danny Suhadi, heads of NTT’s department of livestock in Kupang to Antara (10/9).

The team is divided into three subgroups with six members each, responsible in conducting several precautionary and preventative measures to sustain and isolate reported cases of Swine Fever and maintain bio-security on farms. Activities inside the borders will be closely monitored and instructions will be soon released.

According to the journal by IOWA State University, the African Swine Fever is a severe viral disease that affects pigs which can spread very rapidly. The virus cannot infect humans, but it can cause high death rates in pigs which will eventually affect the economy.

 

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