Monday, September 9, 2019

African Swine Fever hits Philippines

African Swine Fever has popped up in the Philippines, even though the country banned pork imports in an effort to keep the disease out of its industry.

Samples from dead pigs in a backyard herd tested positive at a lab in the United Kingdom.

The Philippines has about 12.7 million pigs in its $5-billion pork industry, eight million of them in backyard herds.

Until the import ban, it was the world’s seventh-largest importer of pork.

Philippine authorities have culled about 7,000 hogs to prevent the spread of the disease.