Philippines confirms pig deaths are result of African swine fever

Out of the 20 blood samples, 14 are positive with African swine fever,” the Philippine ministry said

The announcement was based on the results of laboratory tests requested by Agriculture Secretary William Dar after reports last month of an unusual number of pig deaths in backyard farms.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said 14 out of 20 blood samples were tested positive for the disease but further tests were needed to ascertain the virulence of the virus.

Dar said over 7,400 pigs have been culled so far, which included all affected hogs as well as those which have not been inflicted but are located within the 1-km radius of the affected facilities.

Dar also revealed that seven areas in Luzon have been affected with ASF: the villages of San Jose, Macabud, San Isidro, San Rafael, Mascap, and Cupang in Antipolo City as well as Guiguinto in Bulacan province, according to Rappler.

"We also activated and mobilized respective Quick Response Teams (QRTs) at DA Regional Field Offices to implement complementary measures", Dar said.

The Philippines confirmed on Monday the first case of African swine fever (ASF) in the country. Other undisclosed areas are still being closely monitored for possible infection, he added.

With the addition of the Philippines, a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,400) will be imposed on people arriving from that country found to be carrying pork or pork products, if they are first-time offenders, the center said in a press release.

The World Organisation for Animal Health, African swine fever is not a risk to human health but it could be the reason for further tightening quarantine checks. "Let us not allow it to be affected in a big way", Dar said.

This article, It's here: African swine fever hits Philippines, Agriculture Department says, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

In China, the nation's pig herd shrank a third in July from the same month a year ago.

Pigs infected with the ASF virus experience high fever, depression, loss of appetite, redness of ears, abdomen, and legs, vomiting, and diarrhea that may lead to death.

The Philippines' import ban covers pork and pork-based products from Germany, North Korea, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, Zambia, and Mongolia.



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