ASF Philippines: Outbreaks in Pangasinan and Manila

30-10-2019 | | |
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The Philippines reported an official update on the African Swine Fever (ASF) progress to the OIE. The virus is now officially reported from Pangasinan province as well as Manila, both on Luzon Island.

In what is the 2nd round of updates to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the report contains 9 new outbreak locations, spread out over Pangasinan province and Manila.

ASF outbreaks in Manila

In Manila, the Philippines confirmed 7 different outbreaks from Quezon City, which is in Manila’s 2nd District. In all cases, this was about backyard farms in smaller village units. The total amount of animals that had to be culled was 4,919, according to these figures.

ASF outbreaks in Pangasinan province

In addition, the Philippines confirmed 2 outbreaks to the OIE in the northern province of Pangasinan, in the locations Apalen and Baloling. Here in total 212 pigs had to be culled.

It looks like more reports will follow in the near future. On the news channel of the Philippine authorities, for instance, also outbreaks have already been reported from Bulacan and Cavite provinces. The FAO website also reports that the provinces Nueva Ecija and Pampanga are infected. Exact data about what is going on in those provinces, however, are not available yet from the OIE.

At the first update round at the OIE, the Philippines reported that their first outbreak occurred on July 25, in Rodríguez and Antípolo, in Rizal province, east of Manila. That report included 7 outbreaks in backyard facilities. In total, according to the website of the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), 62,000 animals have died or have been culled in relation to ASF.

ASF situation in South Korea

In the meantime, also South Korea continues to report outbreaks of ASF, mostly in wild boar, along the border with North Korea. The South Korean government now reported 30 cases to the OIE, which is a mixture of cases affecting an entire commercial farm as well as individual wild boar cases in the forest. On the basis of the OIE figures, in South Korea so far 26,893 animals died as a consequence (virus or culling). That included 16 wild boar.

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Several outbreaks in China

Also in China a few outbreaks were reported. On the website of the OIE, a report was confirmed in Yunnan province. Earlier this month, cases were reported (only on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs) of outbreaks in Guangxi and Gansu province.

Pork prices in China have been rising steeply in recent weeks. According to press agency Reuters, pork prices have now gone beyond RMB50 (US$ 7.07) per kg. Figures of 40-60% are being mentioned to quantify the reduction of the Chinese pig herd due to African Swine Fever.

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