Indonesia aims to bring foot-and-mouth disease outbreak under control by year-end

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Indonesia seeks to get its foot and mouth disease The foot-and-mouth disease outbreak will be brought under control by the end of this year, a government official said Tuesday as the government pushes ahead with a program to vaccinate millions of livestock.

More than 455,000 livestock in 23 of the archipelago’s 37 provinces were infected with the disease as of Tuesday, with 4,720 animals killed by the disease and another 7,561 animals slaughtered, according to government figures.

Cattle production countries including Australia and New Zealand have increased their vigilance against foot-and-mouth disease after infections were found on the resort island of Bali in Indonesia.

A marine and agricultural food security officer examines cattle in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Indonesia on June 24, 2022.

A marine and agricultural food security officer examines cattle in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Indonesia on June 24, 2022.
(REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

“We hope that by the end of this year we will be able to control the situation by reducing the number of reported cases from time to time,” Viku Adisasmito, a spokesman for the government’s outbreak control task force, said at a briefing.

“We would also like to reassure the international community that Indonesia is capable of controlling the outbreak.”

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Foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious and causes lesions and lameness in cattle, sheep, goats, and other artiodactyls, but does not infect humans.

Indonesia has vaccinated nearly 900,000 livestock since the launch of the vaccination program in June and has received 3 million doses to date. Authorities have announced plans to procure millions more doses by the end of the year.

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The country has also stepped up biosecurity measures such as sanitary foot mats and disinfectant sprayers at several airports to ensure international and domestic travelers can prevent the spread of the virus, Viku said.