An outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF) killed 4,000 pigs in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, according to the head of the area’s food security and livestock agency on Wednesday.
Carcasses have been discovered in rivers and on streets as owners discarded them out of fear of the virus, Reuters reports. It’s important to note that CSF, also known as hog cholera, is only infectious to pigs, and poses no harm to humans. The disease affects only pigs and wild boars and has a high fatality rate.
CSF was first detected in September in the province’s Dairi district, Reuters reports. The agency plans to open monitoring posts in 38 districts.
According to estimates by the statistics bureau in Indonesia, the country produced 327,215 metric tons of pork last year, with Bali producing the most. North Sumatra produced 43,308 metric tons last year.
CSF broke out just over a year ago in Japan for the first time in 26 years. After a long debate, Japan decided to allow the vaccination of pigs to prevent the spread of classical swine fever (CSF).
According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), if vaccines are used, the country cannot be considered a swine fever-free country, making pork exports difficult.