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Philippine Gov't tries to contain swine fever

Within the Philippines, Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno appealed to the media to be cautious in the use of descriptive words on the hog cholera cases present in the region.

"Let's avoid using terms that could unduly harm the (hog) industry and can cause panic," Moreno said during a television interview. This, even as he pointed out that "upsurge" should have been a better word than "outbreak" that the media has been using.

First detected in July
The presence of the hog cholera virus was first detected in July this year in Magsaysay municipality and has, since then, spread to the municipalities of Jasaan, Medina, Talisayan, Kinoguitan, Tagoloan and even in the cities of Gingoog and Cagayan de Oro.

The governor admitted that cholera cases in Misamis Oriental have indeed increased since July this year, yet the use of the word, "outbreak" would be an alarming term, adding that it is next to "epidemic". He said that he understands that the Department of Agriculture is in the better position to come up with the appropriate terminologies.

"I have discussed this with Dr. (Alfonso) Ramosa, particularly on the word, 'outbreak'," Moreno stressed while assuring the public that the provincial government will do everything to contain the spread of the virus that causes swine fever.

"On top of the situation"
"We are on top of the situation," the provincial governor said, adding that a provincial task force has already been created to address the hog cholera situation. Moreno said the provincial government will procure enough vaccines for at least 80 percent of the present 200,000 inventory of swine heads to prevent the virus from spreading.

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