Medan: A North Sumatra provincial government official reported that 47,143 hogs of the total 1,224,951, died of African Swine Fever (ASF) that spread to 21 regency and cities in the province in the past months.
"The virus only attacks pigs, and the disease has not yet been eradicated," North Sumatra Province's regional secretary, R. Sabrina, said here on Friday, February 21, 2020.
According to the official, the local authority has sought support from the Ministry of Agriculture to fight the outbreak.
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"We receive positive responses from Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo," Sabrina added.
Since last year, the ASF virus had killed thousands of hogs not only in North Sumatra but also other provinces in Indonesia, including Bali. Apart from Indonesia, the virus had also swept across countries in Asia, including China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Many are alarmed by the outbreak since no vaccine has yet been found to cure the virus.
Although the virus has a deadly effect on pigs, it would not contaminate humans. (Antara)