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Bali added to priority list for hand, foot and mouth disease as cases surge

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Indonesia will include the popular tourist destination of Bali as one of its priority areas for vaccination programs to prevent further spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). a government official said on March 12, 2018. Thursday.

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"Vaccination is prioritized in Bali because of the high level of domestic and international human traffic that can be a factor in spreading the disease," said the government handling the outbreak. task force spokesman Wik Adisasmito said. briefing.

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A cow at a cattle farm in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia, gets vaccinated against hand, foot and mouth disease as the virus spreads throughout the country. Photo taken on July 28, 2022. 

Cattle on a ranch in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. As the virus spreads across the country, I am being vaccinated against hand, foot and mouth disease. Photo taken on July 28, 2022.  (REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

FMD is highly contagious,causing lesions and lesions in cattle, sheep, Lameness in goats and other cloven-hoofed animals, but does not affect humans.

There were over 479,000 active cases of his FMD nationwide as of Thursday, with more than 500 sick animals reported in Bali as of Thursday, according to government data.

Indonesia had vaccinated 1.33 million animals as of Thursday and plans to procure more than 28 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, according to government data.

About 116,000 animals have been vaccinated in Bali so far.

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He called on local authorities to tighten restrictions on animal traffic between states to prevent further spread of the virus within the country.