Jakarta: The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial administration has intensified cross-border checking at its three checkpoints to stave the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) from Timor Leste.
"We have worked closely with the Customs Office and Quarantine Office to restrict the entry of pork and other pig products into NTT," the NTT regional secretariat's assistant II Samuel Rebo stated here on Friday,
The official noted that the authority had also intensified checks on goods and passengers at airports and ports to avert the spread of the disease.
Some officers from the Quarantine Office will check all cargo to ensure there are no virus vectors entering the province.
ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs that can cause grave economic and production losses.
Caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family, the virus causes hemorrhagic fever, with high mortality rates in domestic pigs.
According to him, the NTT provincial administration has appealed to the three district administrations of Belu, Malaka, and North Timor Tengah that share their borders with Timor Leste to remain vigilant to the spread of the disease.
"We call on the heads of districts, sub-districts, and villages to educate their citizens to stop transporting their livestock to Timor Leste or buy the livestock from Timor Leste," he noted.
In addition, authorities have deployed teams to collect samples from the pig population in some location in Timur Island.
Nevertheless, no report has yet been received on the virus infection in the province.
"No report has yet been received, but we need to increase alertness, as our province shares its borders with Timor Leste," he stated.
ASF is not a risk to human health.
ASF was reported on farms in Timor Leste from September 9, 2019. As of September 30, a total of 405 animals were killed or culled. (Antara)