African Swine Fever kills 47,143 hogs in North Sumatra

African Swine Fever kills 47,143 hogs in North Sumatra

Photo Illustration: People joined a rally against the pig extermination plan in North Sumatra's Regional Representative Office, Medan, North Sumatra Province, Monday (February 2, 2020). ANTARA/Nur Apriliana Br Sitorus/am/gtm

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) - The North Sumatra provincial government reported that 47,143 hogs of the total 1,224,951, died of African Swine Fever (ASF) that spread to 21 districts 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, while citing that the local authority had sought support from the Ministry of Agriculture to fight the outbreak.

The regional secretary, confirming that Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo had responded to the request, added that he will help the local authority to assuage the impacts on its economy sector amid the ASF outbreak.

"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.