By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
African swine fever has been reported in Indonesia, according to a Sumut Pos report (computer translated).
The report states: A total of 11 districts / cities in North Sumatra Province tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) virus. The 11 regencies / cities include Dairi Regency, Humbang Hasundutan, Deliserdang, Medan, Karo, Toba Samosir, Serdang Bedagai, North Tapanuli, Central Tapanuli, South Tapanuli, and Samosir District.
According to the Head of the Animal Health and Animal Husbandry Department of North Sumatra’s Health, Mulkan Harahap, as many as 4,071 pigs in North Sumatra have died due to the deadly virus attack.
While not dangerous to humans, ASF causes up to 100% fatality in pigs, leading to severe economic losses to the pig sector.
In Asia, ASF has been reported in Timor-Leste, Mongolia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.