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Nearly 5,000 pigs reportedly died in Bali’s Tabanan regency

Christian Fernsby |
Bali’s Tabanan regency reportedly recorded 4,804 pig deaths since an unknown swine disease swept the island early this year, with officials expecting the number to continue to rise as they scramble to contain the unidentified virus.

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Topics: PIGS    BALI   

“Not every district has been affected, we have more recorded in the districts of Tabanan and Kediri. Until now, the highlands are not as affected or seem to be safer at least … It’s the lowlands where we see the most contagion,” head of the Agricultural Agency in Tabanan, I Nyoman Budana said, as quoted by Tribun.

The agency is reportedly amid a budget disbursement process to procure disinfectants that will be used for affected areas for the next three months.

Authorities are also dealing with cases of irresponsible dumping of pig carcasses, with Tabanan police reportedly looking into several possible suspects and working with the regency’s Environmental Agency to determine whether or not they can be charged with existing environmental regulations.

Elsewhere in Bali, local officials have been stepping up their response as well. This includes Badung, which have reportedly prepared several areas for a mass burial of the pigs, should more swine deaths occur in their regency.

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