ASF Philippines: A country on the road to recovery

 

Matthew Wedzerai, Pig Progress

Sep 6, 2021

 

In terms of African Swine Fever (ASF), things appear to get under control in the Philippines. Reports show that active cases of ASF are declining and confined to less than 1% of the nearly 3,000 villages that recorded outbreaks since the first cases were detected in 2019. That happens as testing of an ASF vaccine is underway in the Philippines.

 

The Philippines has been hit hard by ASF outbreaks since 2019. This has forced the country to ramp up pork imports to address an acute domestic shortage. The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA)’s Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) highlighted that, since mid-2019, the ASF virus has affected pig farms in 2,981 barangays, in 579 cities and municipalities, mostly in Luzon. “The incidence peaked in August 2020, with 1,773 positive samples”, said BAI director Reildrin Morales.

 

“To date, 484 cities and municipalities have not reported ASF cases for at least 3 months, of which 74 have no reported cases for 3-6 months, and 410 have no cases for more than 6 months,” Morales added.

 

In a Reuters report, DA’s spokesman Noel Reyes said during a news conference that active cases are declining and now confined to just 22 villages. And according to government data, the number of positive samples in August was the lowest in 12 months.

 

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