East Java temporarily closes down cattle market in four districts

Surabaya, East Java The East Java Government has temporarily closed cattle markets in four districts — Mojokerto, Sidoarjo, Gresik, and Lamongan — following the detection of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the livestock population.

The decision to close the cattle markets was taken during a meeting in which they chalked out measures to prevent the disease from spreading, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa stated at the Grahadi State Building, here on Saturday.

Foot and mouth disease is an acute animal disease that afflicts livestock, such as cattle, buffalo, goats, sheep, horses, and pigs. It has a transmission rate of 90-100 percent.

According to data from the provincial government through the Directorate General of Livestock Health at the Agriculture Ministry, clinical signs of the disease in livestock populations included high fever in the range of 39-41 degrees Celsius, excessive mucus discharge from the mouth and foaming, sores in the form of canker sores in the oral cavity and tongue, refusal to eat, and limping leg.

Source: Antara News

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