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Philippines Confirms African Swine Fever Caused Pig Deaths

  • Backyard raisers account for 65% of nation’s $5b hog industry
  • As of July 1, nation had a swine inventory of 12.7m heads
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The Philippines confirmed that African swine fever caused the deaths of hundreds of pigs in towns near its capital, becoming the latest Asian country to be affected by the highly contagious viral disease.

“We are still waiting on whether the virus affecting the hog areas in the country is weak or virulent,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a briefing Monday. He said majority of the 20 blood samples sent to the U.K. tested positive for the virus.