4 Cattle in West Sumatra Isolated After Contracting Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Diana Mariska
Veterinarian assessing a cow at a barn in Jakarta. (Photo: ANTARA FOTO/Rivan Awal Lingga)
Veterinarian assessing a cow at a barn in Jakarta. (Photo: ANTARA FOTO/Rivan Awal Lingga) - The local authorities in Payakumbuh, West Sumatra, have confirmed that four cattle in the city have contracted the foot-and-mouth disease, or FMD, and the animals are currently being isolated to prevent further spread of the viral disease.

Payakumbuh regional secretary Rida Ananda said test result from the veterinary center in Bukittingi showed four cattle have been infected with FMD, and all of them are from the same barn in East Payakumbuh subdistrict.

“We’ve asked the head of agriculture office to isolate the four cattle that tested positive for FMD,” Ananda said on Tuesday, May 17, as reported by Antara.

 Upon the finding, the agriculture office will continuously monitor cow barns owned by locals within the municipality.

Ananda also warned farmers to maintain barns’ hygiene through disinfection as well as limiting direct contact with infected cattle.

Meanwhile, head of Payakumbuh agriculture office Depi Sastra said based on tracing, two of the four infected cattle were bought from Palangki livestock market in Sijunjung regency. And the office has recently closed down its local livestock market.

“We will give vitamin and medicine to cattle that haven’t contracted FMD, and [we will] disinfect the barns,” Sastra explained.

FMD outbreak in Indonesia was first reported in East Java in April. At least 402 cattle in Gresik regency tested positive for the disease, and later, other regencies in the province also reported similar finding.

As a result, authorities were forced to temporarily ban the transport of livestock from East Java.

Last week, it was reported that 736 cattle from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) were stuck at Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya after the boat, which was bound for Jakarta, was unable to continue the planned trip.

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