Foot and mouth would bring agriculture to its knees

Foot and mouth would bring agriculture to its knees
Infected pigs produce large amounts of the virus. (Image: Unsplash)
Rebecca Howard
A foot and mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia has Biosecurity New Zealand on alert, given imports from the Asian country were just under $1.5 billion in 2021 and Indonesia’s trading relationship with Australia.More than 1,000 cases of the contagious disease have been detected in four East Java provinces, news reports say.Until this outbreak, Indonesia had been free of foot and mouth diseases since 1986, a status recognised internationally by the World Organisation for Animal Health in 1990, according to Australia’s department of ag...

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