Outbreak First case of ASF in the Philippines
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.
The outbreak prompted the country's authorities to step up checks at airports and ports in order to prevent the illegal import of pigmeat. The country is dependent on imports to meet its needs. In the first half of 2019, the EU delivered almost 140,000 t to the country, which ranks fourth in export statistics after China, Japan and South Korea.