African Swine Fever: New Cases in Philippines, South Korea, China

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New cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been detected in the Philippines. On Monday, the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture said new cases have been reported, such as in a village in Antipolo, Rizal, east of the Philippine capital Manila, and some areas in central Luzon.

The country now has 12 villages with backyard farms affected by the disease — two in Metro Manila and 10 in nearby Rizal and Bulacan provinces — excluding those central Luzon areas that Agriculture Secretary William Dar declined to identify, Reuters reports.

The Philippines announced its first ASF outbreak on Sept. 9.

Meanwhile, South Korea confirmed a third case of ASF at a hog farm in a city near Seoul after the country broke with ASF on Sept. 17, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

The new case was reported at a pig farm with about 1,800 pigs in the city of Gimpo, south of the city of Paju where the country’s first case was confirmed on Sept. 17.

Since then, more than 15,000 pigs have been culled in South Korea, Reuters reports. That equates to 0.1% of the country’s pig population of more than 12 million pigs.

China also reported another outbreak of ASF at a farm in the southwestern region of Guangxi on Monday. The farm, located in the district of Cen Xi city, had 120 pigs and two had already died of the disease, China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported.

The deadly and highly contagious virus, for which there is no cure or vaccine, does not affect people. Pork is safe to eat and the virus does not impact food safety. However, it is wreaking havoc on the global hog industry and markets.

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