DOH assures ASF not a threat to human health

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MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reiterated that African swine fever (ASF) is not a risk to human health.

This is to allay public fears amid recent confirmation from the Department of Agriculture (DA) that some processed pork products in the country have tested positive for ASF.

“We want to emphasize again to the consuming public that ASF is not a threat to human health. Processed meat products are still safe for consumption,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

Duque, however, advised consumers to purchase pork products from reliable sources and cook the meat thoroughly.

“We want to dispel the fears of consumers by reiterating that, as long as pork and pork products are bought from reliable sources and are cooked thoroughly, pork meat and products are safe to eat,” he said.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar ordered the stricter implementation of the 1-7-10 protocol, biosecurity and quarantine measures to contain and prevent the spread of ASF.

DAR has called on local government unit officials, as well as swine industry stakeholders to continously implement protocols and quarantine measures.

The DA earlier confirmed that samples taken from processed pork products, such as hotdog, longganisa, and tocino, coming from a Manila-based company have tested positive for the ASF virus.

Malacañang has directed all government agencies, bureaus, agencies and the like to control the spread of ASF in the country.

The World Organization for Animal Health classified ASF as a severe and highly contagious viral disease among domestic and wild pigs only.

Hogs infected with the ASF virus experience high fever; depression; loss of appetite; redness of ears, abdomen, and legs; vomiting; and diarrhea that may lead to death.(Paul Allegre with reports from PNA)

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