The government continues to improve the accuracy of the FMD case reporting system

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This has become important because the information provided to the public really needs to describe the (full scenario) of dealing with FMD cases in the field.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Task Force continues to improve the accuracy of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) case reporting system to provide an accurate picture of case management.

“We continue to improve the accuracy of the reporting system. This has become important because the information provided to the public really needs to describe the (full scenario) of dealing with FMD cases in the field,” noted the coordinator of the task force expert team, Wiku Adisasmito.

Data collection officers in the regions should continue to synchronize manual and digital data, including data collected by the military and police, he told an online news conference on the management. of foot-and-mouth disease on Thursday.

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The task force also urged all field workers to always carry out detailed surveillance to locate cattle with clinical symptoms similar to foot-and-mouth disease and to report any new cases of foot-and-mouth disease.

Meanwhile, Adisasmito also confirmed that the task force continues to optimize the testing strategy to support efforts to control the plague that afflicts livestock.

The task force also works to monitor livestock trafficking and ensure that animal products are safe from foot-and-mouth disease.

The government has targeted a testing quota of around 345,000 samples to ensure optimal plague management while providing the best protection for livestock vulnerable to foot-and-mouth disease.

“The testing activity will be undertaken in 12 laboratories designated by the Ministry of Agriculture,” he noted.

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In addition, 27 laboratories, under the coordination of the Agricultural Quarantine Agency, are still under examination. The government is assessing the adequacy of the facilities and infrastructure of these laboratories for the examination of FMD samples.

“Several labs under other ministries are also being prepared to help with the review if needed to expedite testing,” Adisasmito said.

The task force also urged regional governments to actively provide samples of animals suspected of having contracted foot-and-mouth disease from locations that could become sites of foot-and-mouth infection.

“These locations include animal slaughterhouses or specimens from livestock traffic to the reference laboratory route. Delivery of specimens should be done periodically to ensure the condition of the livestock,” he noted.

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