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· Resurgence of ASF in cleared areas observed
· ASF Philippines: A careful road to recovery
Resurgence of ASF in cleared areas observed
by Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin (Phippines)
October 11, 2021
The Philippines’ fight against the African Swine Fever (ASF), a fatal animal disease among hogs, just got even more complicated after areas previously cleared from the dreaded virus reportedly saw its resurgence.
Without expounding, Agriculture Secretary William Dar confirmed on Monday, Oct. 11, that some areas in Batangas and Ilocos that were already declared ASF-free have again recently recorded a few cases of the virus.
Dar then said that the ASF is really bound to spread if the public will not cooperate with the government in containing the virus.
“There are people who keep on selling infected meat that’s why the virus also keeps on spreading,” Dar said in a briefing with reporters.
Right now, ASF has already spread to five regions, 11 provinces, 31 municipalities, and seven barangays...
ASF Philippines: A careful road to recovery
Matthew Wedzerai, Pig Progress
Oct 11, 2021
The ASF picture emerging from the Philippines at the moment is two sided. On the one hand, there is the biggest decline of the virus since its outbreak in 2019, yet on the other hand, this does not mean that the country is free from new outbreaks.
The overarching picture appears to be that the Philippines are getting the virus more and more under control. Last week, the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has so far distributed 4,803 sentinel pigs to 1,306 farmers through its regional field offices this year. The covered areas are part of the hog repopulation programme as soon as they were cleared of ASF.
Strict monitoring and surveillance protocols ...
Outbreaks continue to be reported ...
Promotion of local pork products ...
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