Agri department: No cure proven effective to fight African swine fever


Posted at Oct 03 2019 01:04 AM

MANILA - No cure or vaccine has been proven to work against African swine fever, an agriculture official said Wednesday, responding to reports that some medicines against the disease are being sold.

“Ang antibiotic ginagamit sa bacteria, hindi sa virus. Walang bakuna o gamot pa sa ASF. There will be no claim na ’yung antibotic na ’yun ay magiging effective para malunasan ang ASF,” Agriculture undersecretary Ariel Cayanan said.

He added the public must report to the DA individuals or companies selling such medicines.

“Ibigay sa amin ang pangalan, organization. We will investigate,” Cayanan said.

Over the past months, dead pigs infected with the swine fever have been turning up in waterways in Metro Manila, including the Marikina River, forcing officials to enact protocols such as culling in their respective cities. 

Some provinces, including Cebu, have also ordered banning pigs from the metro to contain the virus.

The Department of Health earlier said that ASF causes high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhage, and death among domestic and wild pigs. It does not pose a health risk to humans.

The Philippines is one of more than 20 countries affected by the African swine fever outbreak. - Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News