8 hogs from QC test positive for African swine fever

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2019 10:18 AM

Eight blood samples submitted from hogs in Barangay Bagong Silangan and Payatas in Quezon City have tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF), authorities said Friday. 

A total of 45 blood samples have been submitted to Bureau of Animal Industry but the results for the remaining are yet to be released, the Department of Agriculture and BAI said. 

African swine fever causes high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages, and death among domestic and wild pigs. It does not pose a health risk to humans.

The Philippines currently has 12 million hogs in its inventory and the industry is worth roughly P260 billion. 

The Quezon City government earlier culled 166 pigs to prevent the spread of African swine fever, after pigs in two areas in Barangay Bagong Silangan tested positive for the swine fever.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday the culling of hogs within one kilometer from the two "ground zeros" is necessary to contain the virus.