African Swine Fever hits the Philippines, DA confirms

African Swine Fever hits the Philippines, DA confirms

- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed that hogs from PH died due to African Swine Fever (ASF)

- 14 out of 20 pigs tested positive for ASF

- However, the Palace is confident that the DA can manage the swine fever situation

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed that the African Swine Fever (ASF) has already entered the Philippines on Monday.

KAMI learned that blood samples from hogs in the Philippines tested positive for African Swine Fever.

In a report by the ABS-CBN News, 14 out of 20 blood samples of pigs were sent to the United Kingdom to test it.

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During a press briefing, Agriculture Secretary William Dar explained that about 7,416 hogs have already been culled so far. He also mentioned that some of the affected areas are Rodriguez, Antipolo, and Guiginto in Bulacan.

Dar said that the disease could be carried to local farmers from the food scraps received from hotels and restaurants that were being fed to the pigs.

As reported by CNN Philippines, only pigs could be affected by the African Swine Fever. However, humans can carry the disease and spread it.

Once a pig has been affected by the disease, it could then lead to death after three to five days.

The Palace assured the Filipinos that there is nothing to worry about and that it is confident that the DA will manage the swine fever.

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In a report by KAMI before, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a list of brands of canned goods that were being recalled due to the African Swine Fever.

While ASF cannot affect humans, it can still cause serious economic and production losses in the country.

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