Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) - The West Java Food Security and Animal Husbandry Service (DKPP) has deployed a team to the two biggest pig breeding districts, Kuningan and Bogor, to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from spreading to humans.

"We can confirm that there have been no cases of African swine fever," said the head of the West Java DKPP, Suprijanto, in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday.

He said that based on the team's on-field inspection, they had confirmed that there were no reports of ASF in the two areas.

So far, cases of ASF have only been found outside Java Island, such as in Riau and South Sulawesi, he added.

"In West Java, we do not have that many pigs, only in certain areas, such as Kuningan and Gunung Sindur in Bogor," Suprijanto remarked.

He also confirmed that there were no ASF cases in Java, based on communication with the veterinary apparatus in Yogyakarta.

Despite no cases being recorded, his side has appealed to pig breeders in West Java to remain vigilant. Moreover, his side is carrying out animal traffic detection in some areas to improve supervision.

He reported that the districts of Kuningan and Bogor supply pigs for consumption to the cities of Jakarta and Bandung. However, the supply from the two districts was relatively small.

"There are only 15 to 20 pigs from Kuningan sent to the pig slaughterhouse in Bandung City per day, not many," he pointed out.

The ASF virus in Indonesia was first detected in Medan, North Sumatra, in 2019, which then spread to several regions in Indonesia, such as East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Bali, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

In April 2023, another case was found on Bulan Island, Batam, Riau Islands, which is the only area that sends live pigs outside Indonesia.

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Editor: Anton Santoso
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