In September of 2019, the Philippines witnessed the reemergence of African Swine Flu. The Secretary of Agriculture has confirmed in various news outlets that 16 out of 20 pigs tested positive for the virus. 

Within the month, as much as 7,400 swine have been culled in the northern parts of the Philippines. At the same time, other areas of the country have also begun reporting symptoms in their livestock akin to African Swine Flu.

Although the World Organization for Animal Health have affirmed that the outbreak is not a risk to human health, this is still a cause for great alarm. The virus is lethal to pigs and there is no known cure at the present. The swine industry in the Philippines contributes Php191-billion (USD3.8-billion) to the livestock industry as a whole, beating out every other animal industry. Of the multitude of producers in the Philippines, 65% of the entire industry are small-scale, backyard businessmen and farmers in poverty-stricken areas. These sectors are most affected although the government has assured the public that prices of commodities will remain the same. 

At the time of writing, the Philippine government has ramped up efforts to prevent the situation from worsening. The outbreak is believed to have originated from trade with China and Vietnam (the world’s largest producers of swine) who are also experiencing a similar situation. Thus, tighter regulations have been put in place in airports and seaports.

 

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/philippines-confirms-african-swine-fever-culls-7000-pigs-190909052309745.html

https://www.ph.neovia-group.com/resources/market-insights/swine-production/

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1170561/house-body-to-probe-swine-fever-outbreak

 

Photo by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Rey Palmares

Rey Palmares

Rey Palmares is a writer for Xilium and at the same time a student of the law in the Philippines. His work in Xilium is toward his dreams of being a lawyer and also publishing a book someday. While he is relatively new, his informative and entertaining style of writing shows that Xilium has become a home to the very shy writer.
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