Woah: Indonesia confirms African swine fever outbreak, says WOAH

PARIS: Indonesia has reported an outbreak of African swine fever in a farm in the Riau Islands near Singapore, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOW) said on Tuesday.
The outbreak that killed 35,297 pigs in a herd of 285,034 at a farm on Bulan Island was detected on April 1 and confirmed on April 28, Paris-based WOAH said, citing Indonesian authorities.
African swine fever (ASF) is not dangerous for humans but fatal for pigs. It has been raging in China for years, with a first wave in 2018 and 2019 killing millions of pigs and leading to a dramatic drop in meat production that rocked global markets. China is facing a recent surge in infections this year.
The source of the Indonesian outbreak is still unknown, but veterinary authorities told WOAH that humans, vehicles, food, flies and wild boars may have played a significant role in introducing African swine fever to the farm.
The investigation began after the disease was detected by the Singapore Food Agency in imported pigs, they also said.


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