Philippines contain swine fever outbreak
The outbreak of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) at the Philippines has been
effectively contained, says the country's Bureau of Animal Industry
The CSF incidence (also known as hog cholera ) happened in the provinces of
Bulacan and Pampanga, in Central Luzon.
The bureau's director Dr
Davinio Catbagan said out of the country's one-million pig stock, only about
4,000 animals have been recently affected in the two provinces. Catbagan said
that about 2,000 were affected in Bulacan and another 2,000 in
Bulacan, one of the country's
largest sources of pork products, has about 300 swine farms. Commercial farms
comprise about 80% of the hog industry here and supply the pork demands for the
country's capital of Manila and nearby provinces.
farms remained unaffected as the disease mainly struck backyard piggery farms in
20 of 24 towns.
For that reason, the Department of Agriculture
assured the public last Friday that the outbreak will have no effect on the
supply and prices of pork in Manila.
assured that the BAI and the Philippine department of Agriculture have set up
the necessary containment and biosecurity measures to stop the disease from
Catbagan pointed out that the BAI is already
implementing an inoculation programme for healthy pig stock to prevent them from
getting the disease.
Likewise, quarantine and other containment
measures have been implemented in the affected
The National Meat Inspection Service
(NMIS) is also strictly monitoring the movement of hogs and newly slaughtered
meat, requiring the presentation of the necessary permits for all transport of
pigs and carcasses.
Prices of the food products remain stable
although it appeared that consumers avoided buying pork.
Although the government, through the NMIS, is ensuring that 'double
dead' meat is not being sold in the market, Catbagan advised consumers to look
for the government or local seal that certifies the safety of the
Officials urged on hog raisers should observe bio-security
measures and sanitary procedures to prevent the disease from
â€¢ Philippines Department of
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