'Mystery' hog disease is African Swine Fever-Department of Agriculture

Philippines African swine fever culls 7,400 pigs

Philippines African swine fever culls 7,400 pigs

Prior to yesterday, the fine for bringing in pork products from the Philippines was NT$10,000, as it was not among the African swine fever-affected nations: China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia and North Korea.

The Central Emergency Operation Center for African Swine Fever yesterday added the Philippines to its list of nations affected by African swine fever after Manila earlier in the day confirmed an outbreak there.

Dar told reporters in a press conference that 14 out of the 20 blood samples from the infected hogs sent to the United Kingdom for confirmatory tests came up positive for ASF.

"What hit us we don't know among the 35 strains", Dar said, referring to the different strains of the virus with varying degrees of lethality. The government has given financial aid to farmers whose pigs have been slaughtered, reported ABS-CBN News.

More than 7,400 pigs have been culled on farms in villages in Rizal and Bulacan provinces that were feared to have been hit by the viral infection in recent months.

Hiring likely slowed in August as the US-China trade war raged
Retailers cut 11,000 jobs, the seventh straight month of decline, is partly a reflection of the impact of online shopping. The increase fell short of Wall Street estimates for 150,000, while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%, as expected.

Dar assured the public that despite the existence of ASF, pork being sold in the Philippines remains safe to eat as long as it bears the National Meat Inspection Service seal. Philippine hog production totalled more than 2.3 million metric tons based on live weight in 2018, valued at 242 billion pesos (141 billion baht).

"We are not in an epidemic stage yet", Dar said. "Everything that has to be done by government with the help of the private sector is being done".

China is home to half the world's pig population.

Some experts have said the current spread of swine fever is the largest known animal disease outbreak in history. In Vietnam alone, the virus has caused the deaths of more than 4 million pigs. In June, the African swine fever gene was detected by authorities in confiscated canned goods from Hong Kong.

It can be transmitted through contaminated feeds, and even through non-living objects such as shoes, clothes and knives due to the virus' high resistance.

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