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Community veterinarians performing regular cattle check in Riau, Indonesia. ©FAO/Eko Prianto.

Early reporting helps protect cattle from disease outbreak in Indonesia

22/04/2022

Rapid response to animal health emergencies is one of the keys to protecting livestock and preventing economic losses for farmers. When lumpy skin disease (LSD) broke out in Indonesia, early reporting led to swift action to control the disease.

The LSD outbreak was first noted in Indragiri Hulu regency in Indonesia's Riau province, on the island of Sumatra. There, a farmer reported sick cattle to a community veterinary health officer. He thought the cattle just had an allergy, but the remedy did not work 

The officer immediately consulted his senior, and together they noticed that the symptoms of LSD seemed to match with what they saw on the field. They quickly went on high alert after realizing how contagious this disease could be in cattle. Immediately, they reported the suspected outbreak to the local authorities, and not long after that, the Government of Indonesia officially reported the outbreak to the World Organization of Animal Health on 2 March 2022.

That triggered an emergency vaccination programme, along with community education campaigns, vector control, cattle movement restriction, surveillance and early detection in Riau and neighbouring provinces. With funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has supported the response, which builds on 15 years of work by FAO and USAID  to build the capacity of Indonesian government officers at national and local levels to prevent, detect and respond to various animal health diseases.

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