Jakarta: The Indonesian quarantine and inspection service ramped up its surveillance over the entry and outflows of meat and livestock products potentially spreading the swine influenza virus that Chinese scientists say could likely jump to humans.
"Systematic surveillance over the swine flu virus is the key precautionary measure against a possible influenza pandemic in future," Director of Livestock and Animal Health at the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture I Ketut Diarmita stated.
"We are preparing for its contingency plan," the official added.
In conversation with local journalists in Jakarta on Thursday, Diarmita spoke of his directorate general boosting the capacity of Indonesia's animal health laboratories to identify potential swine flu threats from the early stage.
The discovery of this swine flu, with pandemic potential, had left people perplexed since they believed it was similar to that of the African Swine Fever (ASF), when in fact, they are two different diseases, he noted.
"The cases of hogs in Indonesia are related to the ASF and not to the swine flu," he clarified. (antara)Artikel Asli