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Wednesday 23 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National, Outer Islands
Attendees at the African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease workshop at the Ministry of Agriculture. 22111807
workshop was held at the Ministry of Agriculture recently to advise them of
these livestock diseases.
Indonesia is experiencing an outbreak of FMD which is a
highly contagious animal disease affecting cloven foot animals such as cattle,
deer, pigs, goats and sheep.
swine fever and foot and mouth disease are yet to be detected in the Cook
However ministry’s director for advisory services,
Cecilia Samuela-TouAriki said the diseases were a concern due to the livestock they
affect and the impact on the livelihoods of Cook Islanders.
is important that we are prepared for what may happen, hence the workshop held
to provide awareness to our livestock owners.”
month Cook Islands banned all meat products from Indonesia to prevent the spread
of foot and mouth disease.
of Agriculture biosecurity division director, Ngatoko Ngatoko earlier said Cook
Islands had put in strict inspection procedures for all passenger arrivals at
the airport from Indonesia.
said this was especially important for returning residents or workers who
travelled continuously from Indonesia.
Islands mainly imports meat products from New Zealand, Australia and the United
States, all of which do not have the diseases.
“ASF infection can cause a wide range of clinical
signs. Sick pigs usually die,” Samuela-TouAriki said.
the backyard sector, pigs show a lack of appetite followed by sudden death.
commercial farms, you may also see depression, weight loss, haemorrhages in the
skin - tips of ears, tail, legs, chest and abdomen - lameness and abortion in
clinical signs for foot and mouth disease include lameness, depression, fever,
and increased salivation in cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.
said the workshop covered what the diseases were, what caused them, the
clinical signs of the diseases and how they are transmitted.