Indonesia plans to complete the first round of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) of livestock with 3 million doses of the vaccine by September.
Spokesman Wiku Adisasmito added: “From June to July, 800,000 pets were vaccinated and FMD cases are decreasing, which shows that vaccines can reduce transmission rates.”
Xinhua reported: ‘Indonesia has imported three million doses of FMD vaccine from five foreign companies and is in the process of procuring another 25 million doses.’
This is consistent with research concluding that FMD vaccines can reduce the financial impact on farmers in Southeast Asia, Adisasmito said.
To date, 1,378,845 pets have been vaccinated against FMD, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture.
While the total number of infections is 481,964, the remaining 149,035 cases are in 18 provinces.