18 Jan Department Of Agriculture Issues Warning Due To African Swine Fever Virus
Mga higala! Department of Agriculture (DA) officials in Northern Mindanao have expressed warnings against the spread of AFRICAN SWINE FEVER (ASF), currently affecting nearby countries since it can harm our PIGS and threaten our swine industry.
According to Dr. Imer Dante Occeña, veterinarian of DA-10’s Bureau of Animal Industry, the African Swine Fever can cause enormous economic and health losses, if it ever reaches the Philippines.
“(This) needs public awareness kay dako kaayo syag impact sa industry sa baboy (because its impact on the swine industry is big). In fact, it’s worth PHP260 billion (as an industry),” Occeña said during the Talakayan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency) in Cagayan de Oro, last January 15.
ASF is caused by a virus that affects pigs or other members of the swine family, including wild pigs. According to the World Organization for Animal Health, ASF can be spread by live or dead pigs, including pork products.
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