Hog farm urged: Be more cautious
Dagupan City (6 February) -- A Bureau of Animal Industry official said late last week tissue samples from 140 pigs from the two quarantined farms had been sent abroad for tests.
Davinio Catbagan, director of the BAI under the Department of Agriculture was quoted in a Reuters news agency report as saying that earlier test on more than 1,000 blood samples from pigs in the two affected farms had yielded negative results.
"No current unusual pig illness has been detected in these two farms," Catbagan said, adding only two pigs died when the Ebola-Reston virus was discovered in October 2008.
The agriculture department said there are more than 13 million heads of swine and the discovery of Ebola-Reston in two farms was isolated.
The government thru health secretary Francisco Duque has called on the public to report unusual pig deaths or illness, cautioning consumers from buying cheap pork and advising them to fully cook meat bought from reputable sources.
Commercial and backyard farms were also being urged to practice safe farming and biosecurity measures to prevent and contain any future outbreaks, Duque added. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]