Skip to Content

More Positive Cases Of Foot And Mouth Disease Found In Bali As Cattle Vaccines Run Out

Share The Article

Three more cases of Foot and Mouth Disease have been detected in Tabanan Regency in Bali. The Tabanan Agricultural Service has been proactive in its approach to the newly discovered cases, although vaccines for cattle in the area have run out. 

Foot and Mouth Disease, referred to in Indonesia as penyakit mulut dan kudu (PMK), is rapidly spreading throughout Indonesia and has been detected in dozens of cows in Bali. The Island of the Gods is currently on a red listing by the Indonesian agricultural departments and there is a ban on moving livestock between provinces. 

The Head of the Tabanan Agriculture Service, I Made Subagia, told local reporters that the three new cases have been taken care of to prevent any further spread. ‘The lab results are out, positive, and a conditional cut [slaughter] was made…so that the virus doesn’t spread’.

Subgaia relayed the standard operating procedures of the province, whereby the meat can still be consumed if cooked properly, but that the head, tail, bones, and offal are buried. 

This procedure is unlike that of Australia and the UK where if animals are culled due to Foot and Mouth Disease they must be cremated to ensure the virus doesn’t lay in the soil. In the right conditions, the virus can survive for up to 6-months without a living host. Australian authorities are doing all they can to help prevent the spread of the disease to the land down under. 

A columnist in the country has shared their fears that the disease being detected in Australia would mean people would have to see ‘bonfires of burning animals’ all killed to help prevent any further spread of the disease. 

Biosecurity at the Australian and New Zealand borders and airport arrivals has been ramped up in recent weeks. Australia has launched an AUD 14 million campaign to help ensure the virus does not spread, AUD 5 million of which has been sent to Indonesia in the form of technical support and resources to get the outbreak under control.

Travelers returning to Australia and New Zealand from Bali have been urged to either leave their shoes behind or make sure they are properly sanitized. Returning Bali travelers are also being given arrivals cards that must be answered honestly.

Travelers to Bali are still allowed to visit rural and farming communities, including the rice fields, coffee plantations, and village tours. Travelers are being encouraged to take biosecurity seriously and to follow the simple steps in place to protect the agricultural sector at home. 

Back in Tabanan, Bali, the Head of the UPTD for Animal Health Center II Tabanan which covers the Kediri District, Dr. I Wayan Sutarja, has confirmed that although the vaccination program for cattle in the area had been going well, that department had now run out and was waiting on more supplies. He did not say when a new batch of vaccines will be delivered.

He said that 700 cows in the Kediri district had been vaccinated already and that vaccination of cattle against Foot and Mouth Disease was continuing across Bali. He said ‘We will be intensively vaccinating because the target for this vaccine is 100-200 cows a day. While vaccinating, we are also intensively conducting [meetings with farmers]’

Foot and Mouth Disease does not affect humans but people can transport the virus from one place to another as the virus can survive on living tissues like fences, urination, blood, and saliva that can be mixed into mud and dirt carried on shoes, bags, and clothing. 

The disease is highly contagious and affects animals with cloven feet, like cows, pigs, sheep, and goats. Currently, foot and mouth disease has only been detected in cattle in Indonesia. It is being said that an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Australia would cost the economy AUD 80 billion in losses.

Remove All Ads & Unlock All Articles… Sign up for The Bali Sun Premium

Plan Your Bali Holiday:
Book The Best English Speaking Drivers For Airport Transfers & Tours
Choose From Thousands of Bali Hotels, Resorts, and Hostels with Free Cancellation On Most Properties
Book Cheap Flights To Bali
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance That Covers Medical Expenses In Bali

For the latest Bali News & Debate Join our Facebook Community


Enter your email address to subscribe to The Bali Sun’s latest breaking news, straight to your inbox.


Saturday 30th of July 2022

Why are these poor beasts being killed? There are many natural cures that work. My friend in Jember use cucumber and gulah Merah on her sheep after they became infected with FMD. Within days they were perfect again. Personally I use homeopathic remedies in myself and my animals. In Ubud i know there is/was a Balinese prince who studied homeopathy in Australia when he was younger. He should have th appropriate remedies to heal these fine beasts. Homeopathic potions are very cheap and have no side effects like drugs and chems. Vacccines will only do the same to animals as what they are doing to vacccinated people right now eg killing them. The best homeopathic FMD remedies depend on th symptoms; however I would highly recommend th following: Merc sol 30, rhus tox 30, borax 30, echinacea 30, variolinum 200, nit acid 200, zinc met 200. Each 10 drops in two tsps of water four times per day. Can use in drinking water too at higher potencies. For mouth washing use 1tsp cooking soda (bicarb) in two litres of water. To harden th hooves use castor equi and calc phos 200 to produce normal milk supply. Ps if u use vaxx on animals one wouldn't want to drink th milk or eat th cow! Anyways, nowadaze cows are so manmade to produce milk and calves daily we wouldn't want to go near that stuff now. Would we?


Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

@Martina, so a Balinese prince and an ex Olympic vet know more than what is considered best practice. BTW, inexpensive? Total the cost per cow of what you recommend, multiply by the number of cows and pigs a local subsistence farmer's beyond his capability in Rp and time - even if he can source the stuff. You're still ignoring the transmission during treatment. BTW again. Cucumber and brown sugar? Even if it works, symptomatic relief doesn't mean the animal is disease free.


Monday 1st of August 2022

@Shorty, do u want short term cures that poison us and th planet or something that treats th cause permanently? Study a bit of diagnostic orthomolecular medicine. My farm vet (an ex Olympian) who helps diagnose always leaves me to th remedies saying 'urs work better than mine'! Take off th blinkers. U r being scammed like th other 80pc of white westerners on th planet.


Sunday 31st of July 2022

@Martina, FMD has disastrously huge implications for the world wide livestock industry. The main and biggest challenge is to rapidly stop the spread. Killing infected animals, vaccinating, and isolating the contaminated areas are the most effective ways. Treating sick animals, whether by homeopathic or other means doesn't lower the risk of spreading. If anything it increases it due to the time taken in treatment and the increased contact with contaminated animals and their surrounds.

Steve Passehl

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Just starting to plan for next years Bali trip but we are beginning to worry that either Foot and Mouth and or Covid will make it hard to get back into the United States. No doubt my family all have had at least 3 different covid vaccinations.Hoping for good news.