- Experts warned about the possible entry of African swine fever in the Philippines
- This disease can cause great damage to the economy and production of pigs
- The virus may enter the country via siomai and dumpling
President of the Philippine Veterinary Drug Association Dr. Eugenio Mende has raised the concern during the Senate committee’s hearing that African swine fever (ASF) may enter the Philippines.
KAMI learned that siomai, dumplings, and other processed food from Vietnamese and Chinese fishermen could be infected with ASF.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Sherrie Ann Torres), Mende said that according to some local fishermen, there were foreign fishermen who would give dumpling and siomai in exchange of cigarettes and adobo.
What is African swine fever (ASF)?
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, ASF is a severe viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs. This disease is caused by a DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family.
ASF is not dangerous to humans. However, it can cause serious economic and production losses which is the fear of the pork industry in the country. The virus can stay in frozen meat for 1,000 days.
While there is no approved vaccine available yet for ASF, there are still preventive measures that can be done. This includes proper disposal of waste food and regulating illegal imports of live pigs.
In a report by the Philippine News Agency (Filane Mikee Cervantes), the Bureau of Animal Industry has already taken measures to prevent the possible entry of ASF in the country.
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