Philippines start pig cullings due to ASF fears


Pig cullings are ongoing in the Philippines in what may be the first outbreaks of African Swine Fever in the country.


According to a report in the Philippines’ newspaper Inquirer, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has ordered the culling of hogs. In the report, it is stated that agriculture secretary William Dar neither confirmed nor denied reports that ASF had reached the archipelago, but mostly that the agency had received a report on Friday on ‘increased mortality of pigs raised in their backyards’. There would be roughly 20% mortality, where 3-5% mortality would be common.

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