Australians flying home from Bali this festive season should expect major delays as airports ramp up security to stop swine fever getting into the country. Passengers landing in Australia from Indonesia will be face extra questions and even detector dogs after the disease flared up in North Sumatra last week. African Swine Fever has never hit Australian shores but an outbreak could decimate the nation’s $5.2billion pork industry. All passengers on selected flights will be stopped, screened and their luggage will be searched. Passengers from Indonesia to Australia face major delays as biosecurity officers screen passengers for pork products (stock image of passengers waiting for flights at a Bali airport) WHAT IS AFRICAN SWINE FEVER? African swine fever is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs.The virus spreads by direct contact between pigs or indirectly by contaminated items such as feed, feed ingredients, equipment, vehicles, clothing and footwear.Symptoms of disease can include: elevated temperatures, weakness, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin lesions, nose and eye discharge, coughing or difficulty breathing, convulsions.Source: Department of Agriculture The screenings come as the Australian Government announced more than $66million to crack down on people bringing undeclared pork products into the country. The funding covered new… Read full this story
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