Indonesia has become the latest Asian country to face an outbreak of African Swine Fever, which is a deadly pig virus.
As of yesterday, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture said, nearly 30,000 pigs had died from the disease, in North Sumatra.
The virus is expected to wipe out more than half of China’s pig herd this year.
Australia has grown increasingly concerned, stepping up bio-security measures to keep swine fever out.
Although it is harmless to humans, the disease can kill pigs within a few days, and the fatality rate can be up to 100 per cent, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The virus is particularly robust, and is able to survive for seven days without a host, and for months in frozen pork products.