‘Most feared disease’: Indonesian farmers’ foot and mouth misery

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Farmers in Indonesia are struggling with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease for the first time in almost 40 years.
More than 410,000 cases have been recorded so far.
Indonesia is currently in the grip of its first major outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in nearly 40 years. The Southeast Asian country successfully eradicated the virus behind the disease in 1986 and was declared FMD-free by the World Organisation for Animal Health in 1990. The disease affects hoofed animals such as cows, sheep, goats, pigs and deer, and is highly contagious.
The Indonesian government says it is trying to stop the disease from spreading – both domestically and overseas.
Neighbouring Australia is on high alert, with estimates its economy could lose more than $50bn over 10 years if foot and mouth disease reaches its farms.

Al Jazeera’s Jessica Washington reports from Bogor in Indonesia’s West Java province.

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