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Indonesia Finds Disease in Cows Shipped from Australia

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 31, 2023

Source: DAFF

Source: DAFF

Indonesia has informed Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) that lumpy skin disease (LSD) has been detected in Australian cattle exported to Indonesia by sea.

Indonesia has now suspended cattle imports from four Australian pre-export quarantine facilities.

Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, issued a statement saying that the finding came after those cattle had arrived and spent some time in Indonesia.

“As Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, I can confirm that lumpy skin disease, or LSD, has never been detected in Australia, and Australia remains free from the disease. Given the presence of LSD in Indonesia, positive results in cattle post arrival in Indonesia are not unexpected.”

He says Australia has robust biosecurity systems in place for the ongoing monitoring of Australia’s animal disease status, including for LSD. “LSD is a highly infectious viral disease of cattle and buffalo that is transmitted by biting insects —it is not a disease that poses a risk to humans.”

According to DAFF, in 2019 lumpy skin disease was reported for the first time in Bangladesh, China and India. In 2020, there were reports of it in Taiwan, Nepal, Vietnam, Bhutan, Hong Kong and Myanmar. In 2021, outbreaks occurred in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia.

The threat to Australia remains heightened. Vessels, and the goods and people they convey, present potential pathways for this disease, including through contamination and hitchhiker pests as vectors.

Australia continues to trade livestock products internationally including live cattle to Indonesia.

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