The Head of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock in North Sumatra, Azhar Harahap, said there has been 4,682 pigs found dead, allegedly due to the hog cholera virus.
“We found the transmission of hog Cholera viruses in 4,682 pigs that has spread to 11 regencies in North Sumatra,” he said on Thursday 7th October.
In response to the issue, Azhar undertook a direct observation in the location where the virus had infected the pigs. Furthermore, his team also did a monitoring exercise and took samples to be checked.
“We also gave vaccines to the livestock which had not been infected,” he added.
The Governor of North Sumatra, Edy Rahmayadi, has told all the regents to overcome the epidemic by banning people from dumping the infected pigs in random areas.
“The virus of hog cholera is not dangerous to humans. It is only transmitted from one pig to another,” Edy explained.
The eleven regencies which have been affected by the virus outbreak are Deliserdang, Humbang Hasundutan, Dairi, Medan, Karo, Toba Samosir, Serdang Bedagai, Tapanuli Utara, Tapanuli Tengah, Tapanuli Selatan, and Samosir.