ASF spreads to new areas in Indonesia, Philippines

ASF spreads to new areas in Indonesia, Philippines

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African swine fever has been confirmed for the first time on the Indonesian island of Bali, and on Mindanao in the Philippines.

Officials are blaming farmers for spreading the disease by continuing to feed pigs on leftover food from hotels and restaurants without first boiling the waste to ensure it is free of infection. Head of the Bali agriculture and food security agency said it issued warnings against this risky practice since December. Bali’s pig population can reach as many as 800,000.