Deadly pig disease spreads to main Philippine island's south

Deadly pig disease spreads to main Philippine island's south

Local authorities flag passing cargo vans for inspection at an animal checkpoint in suburban San Mateo township, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines to help prevent the spread of African swine fever virus that has affected the swine industry Sept 10, 2019. (AP file photo)
Local authorities flag passing cargo vans for inspection at an animal checkpoint in suburban San Mateo township, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines to help prevent the spread of African swine fever virus that has affected the swine industry Sept 10, 2019. (AP file photo)

MANILA: African swine fever has been detected in two villages south of the Philippines’ main Luzon island, indicating that the highly contagious pig disease is spreading.

The areas in Cavite province have been quarantined after laboratory results confirmed the disease led to the death of more than 20 pigs, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla told reporters. All swine growers in the province will be required to submit to tests before they can transport pigs to other areas, he said in Manila.

The Agriculture Department on Oct 9 said about 12,000 pigs have been tested positive of the contagious disease. The Southeast nation confirmed in early September that swine fever caused the death of hundreds of pigs in areas north of Luzon island. The virus isn’t known to harm humans.

 


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