Report says an outbreak of African swine fever is sweeping through Indonesia the latest Asian country to face the deadly pig virus devastating farmers across the region.
Indonesia’s Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo told reporter on Wednesday that so far, the virus has been contained to parts of North Sumatra. “Very serious handling is being carried out, including isolating those areas,”
the country’s agriculture ministry said nearly 30,000 pigs have died from the disease in North Sumatra.
the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said although it’s harmless to humans, the disease can kill pigs within a few days, and the fatality rate can be up to 100%, The virus is particularly robust, and is able to survive for seven days without a host, and for months in frozen pork products.
Vietnam and the Philippines have seen some of the worst outbreaks in the region. The virus is expected to wipe out more than half of China’s pig herd this year
The Philippines could see a 13% decline in its pig herd in 2020, it said. Rabobank put China’s herd loss at 55% this year.
Outside of Asia, the OIE said the disease is also present in parts of Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
Australia, known for its strict biosecurity measures, is spending an additional A$66m ($45m; £35m) on measures designed to keep the virus out. Australia has grown increasingly concerned, stepping up biosecurity measures to keep swine fever out.
Analysts at Rabobank expect Vietnam’s pork production will drop by 21% this year, and by an additional 8% next year.