PHILIPPINES, Manila. African swine fever continues to spread and has now reached the East Asian island state. Import controls are now to be stepped up.
African swine fever (ASF) has broken out in at least seven villages near the capital Manila. After the cases were confirmed by laboratory results, the government initiated measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The disease, which is highly contagious for pigs, has now reached another Asian country after China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos and North Korea. According to local media reports, 7,400 pigs have been killed on farms in the Rizal and Bulacan. The Ministry of Agriculture is reviewing reports of further cases in other areas where ASF infections are also suspected.