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Japan on high alert over spread of African Swine Fever | #AsiaNewsNetwork
4 February 2019
(Yomiuri Shimbun/ANN) — African swine fever (ASF), an infectious livestock disease that affects pigs and other animals, is increasingly likely to spread throughout Japan, prompting the agriculture ministry to strengthen quarantine efforts at airports and ports.
ASF has been found in 48 countries. Seven cases have been confirmed in Japan from October of last year through January where pork containing the ASF virus gene was found at domestic airports. While humans are not affected by ASF even if they eat contaminated meat, the virus would inevitably affect exports of pork and other products if brought into Japan.
According to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, ASF was detected in China in August 2018, the first confirmation of the virus in Asia. The same virus was also detected in Mongolia in January.
Since the virus was confirmed to be found in China, the agriculture ministry has strengthened quarantine measures at domestic airports and ports as well as at post offices handling international mail. Intensive inspections are also being conducted on carry-on baggage, including articles brought over from China and Mongolia, by using quarantine detector dogs that can sniff out raw meat and processed meat.
The ASF virus gene was identified in four separate cases in Japan on Jan. 12 and 16, when it was found in carry-on baggage brought from China at Chubu Airport in Aichi Prefecture and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
According to the ministry, ASF...
DA takes precautions due to outbreak of African Swine Fever abroad
By Patrick Ely Garcia, Manila Bulletin (Philippines)
February 2, 2019
During one of the Talakayan sa PIA (Philippine News Agency) events, the officials of the Department of Agriculture 10 (Northern Mindanao) stress that the increasing cases of African Swine Fever wreaking havoc in the hog industry of other countries throughout the world is also a critical threat to the Philippine economy specifically in the Philippine swine industry.
Dr. Imer Dante Occeña, a veterinarian of DA-10’s Bureau of Animal Industry, said “(This) needs public awareness kay dako kaayo syag impact sa industry sa baboy (because its impact on the swine industry is big). In fact, it’s worth PHP260 billion (as an industry),”
“Given that (this disease has) 100 percent mortality, kung makasulod diri satung nasud sa Pilipinas dako gyud kaayo atung (if it enters the Philippines, we will have big) losses in terms of economic scale,” he added.
Dr. Angelita Barcelona, NMIS-10 technical director, said the public should not worry because the ASF virus is not contagious to humans but still reminds that the public should still be wary when purchasing and consuming pork products.
African Swine Fever causes a lethal haemorraghic fever in domestic pigs, warthogs, bush pigs, and soft ticks which usually becomes the disease vector.
Some of its symptoms include high fever, loss of appetite, redness of the extremities, shivering, abnormal breathing, and within a few days of infection, the host enters a comatose state and then die.
This virus can also be transmitted through contaminated feed and fomites (non-living objects), such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, and knives.
Because of this threat, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol ordered...