Is this another threat to public health?
Background on the ASF issue in the Philippines
The Department of Agriculture confirmed the first ASF outbreak in the country on July 25, 2019. Since then, the crisis has spread to 12 regions, 46 provinces, 493 cities, and more than 2,500 barangays across the Philippines¹.
ASF is a highly deadly and contagious viral disease affecting pigs of all ages³. It spreads through direct and indirect contact with infected hogs and contaminated objects and the ingestion of contaminated materials, like food waste, garbage, and feeds⁴.
The hog disease causes vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and bleeding. Reports say the mortality rate may be as high as 100%, and that infected pigs usually die within 6 to 13 days⁴.
While the disease does not affect human health and is in no way a food safety concern, it can cause serious production and economic losses, especially among hog raisers. To date, hog sectors and related industries already lost PHP100 billion¹.
Due to the ASF issue, the Philippines saw a significant dip in its hog population by up to 3 million pigs. Retail prices of pork products also continue to increase¹.