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No ASF outbreak – says DA

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured the public on Wednesday, August 21, that there is no outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Philippines.

DA spokesperson Noel Reyes, however, said that they cannot yet ascertain the cause of the reported increase of mortality rate of pigs raised at local backyards in various areas of the Philippines.

Further confirmation is needed from a recognized reference laboratory in Europe. We expect to receive the result, the earliest, in two weeks, or at, the latest, three months,” Reyes told reporters.

The DA official also assured that they are strictly implementing protocols in areas with reported increase in deaths of pigs including:

  • the culling of all pigs, either healthy or ill, within the one kilometer radius of areas with reported death of pigs,
  • surveillance within seven kilometer radius of the said area, and
  • the immediate reporting of ill and expired pigs within a 10 kilometer radius of the said area.

Reyes also assured the public that the local market has enough supply of pork products amidst the situation.

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