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Davao City still ASF-free, says official

The Davao City Veterinary Office (CVO) has assured that the city remains free from African Swine Fever (ASF), a deadly hemorrhagic fever of pigs which threatens food security and the economy.

Dr. Esther Cherrie Rayos, the Officer-in-Charge of the CVO, said her team is constantly coordinating with hog raisers to ensure that government bio-security protocol is followed.

She said the city government has asked all backyard hog raisers to avoid giving swill to their hogs because this will increase the chances of infection.

“The good news is that ASF does not have any harmful effects on the human being, but it can sweep out our hog industry so we have to be very careful about this,” Rayos said.

Rayos explained that there is no vaccine against the ASF yet, which is why a ban on pork products coming from ASF-contaminated countries is being implemented.

She said that the government has banned pork products from countries such as China, Vietnam, and Laos, which are contaminated by the ASF. #

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