Iloilo airport installs foot bath amid African swine fever outbreak

Cherry Palma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2019 01:02 AM

The Iloilo International Airport tightens security to prevent the spread of African swine fever.

ILOILO – The Iloilo International Airport has adopted an inspection procedure that will make passengers think they are in a disaster movie, amid efforts to address the African swine fever problem in the country.

Passengers arriving in the airport will get to pass through a foot bath, which will disinfect the soles of their footwear. Bags and luggage which are hand-carried will also be disinfected.

Upon disinfection, passengers will traverse a hallway with a large warning sign about African swine fever.

As usual, check-in baggage has to pass through X-ray machines. Aside from the usual list of banned belongings in airports, officials will watch out for meat products, and even canned meat goods.

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Western Visayas said they have confiscated more than 1,500 meat products, including canned goods, at the Iloilo airport and Kalibo International Airport.

The Philippines is one of 21 countries infected with African swine fever, BAI previously said.