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·         Philippines says African swine fever caused pigs' deaths

·         Philippines Confirms African Swine Fever Caused Pig Deaths



Philippines says African swine fever caused pigs' deaths



Sep 09 2019


MANILA -- Fourteen of 20 pig's blood samples sent to the United Kingdom tested positive for African swine fever or ASF, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said Monday, as he assured the public that measures were in place to contain the disease.


Some 7,416 pigs within the 1-kilometer radius of the affected areas in parts of Rizal and Bulacan have been culled, Dar said. These areas are now considered "cleared" of the disease, he said.


The result of a separate test, which will determine strain and virulence of ASF, is still pending, he said. The area was quarantined in August after some hogs fell sick and died.


"We continue to monitor, even beyond the 10-kilometer radius. So far, so good. No incidents," Dar told reporters.


Pork products sold in the market that have the NMIS or National Meat Inspection Service seal are safe to eat, he said, as he advised the public, especially those coming from abroad, to refrain from bringing home pork products from countries with ASF.


"Mahirap ma-contain kung walang partisipasyon ng komunidad o mga tao... Lahat, dapat natin gagawin, tulong-tulong otherwise, as you said, it will be a lingering issue," he said.


(It will be difficult to contain if there is no community participation... We should do everything, cooperate, otherwise, as you said, it will be a lingering issue.)


Farmers whose pigs were slaughtered were given cash aid, Dar said. The disease was first detected in some parts of Rodriguez and Antipolo in Rizal and in a stockyard in Guiguinto, Bulacan.


The Philippines currently has 12 million hogs in its inventory and the industry is worth roughly P260 billion, Dar said.


The Southeast Asian nation last year put safeguards in place to protect its $5 billion hog industry…





Philippines Confirms African Swine Fever Caused Pig Deaths


    Backyard raisers account for 65% of nation’s $5b hog industry

    As of July 1, nation had a swine inventory of 12.7m heads


By Cecilia Yap and Claire Jiao, Bloomberg

September 9, 2019


The Philippines confirmed that African swine fever caused the deaths of hundreds of pigs in towns near its capital, becoming the latest Asian country to be affected by the highly contagious viral disease.


“We are still waiting on whether the virus affecting the hog areas in the country is weak or virulent,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a briefing Monday. He said majority of the 20 blood samples sent to the U.K. tested positive for the virus.


President Rodrigo Duterte approved the formation of a task force that will include the police and the military to prevent an outbreak, Dar said. The virus potentially came from hotels, restaurants or even overseas Filipino workers bringing pork products from affected countries, he said.


The Agriculture Department on Aug. 19 opened a probe following increased swine deaths from backyard raisers and ordered that all pigs within one kilometer radius of the infected farms be culled. Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia last month said the possible entry of the deadly swine disease that’s spreading across Asia is among the risks to inflation this year. The virus isn’t known to harm humans.


“We are not in an epidemic stage yet,” Dar said. There are new incident areas from initially three locations in Rizal and Bulacan provinces, he said. “We have yet to see how fast the virus can spread.”


Hog raisers must promptly report unusual animal deaths in their farms, Dar said. The Philippines’ 260 billion-peso ($5 billion) swine industry provides livelihood to millions of Filipinos as small backyard raisers account for 65% of the industry, the agriculture department said.


Livestock accounts for 17% of Philippine agricultural output. Philippine hog production...