MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine hog industry is losing nearly $20 million a month from African swine fever infections, agricultural officials said on Friday, after announcing the virus has also been detected in some processed pork products.
The highly contagious pig disease is quickly spreading in the Philippines, the world’s 10th-largest pork consumer, pushing up prices of other meat products such as chicken.
Though not harmful to humans, the disease is deadly to pigs, with no vaccine available.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s office issued a statement late on Thursday seeking a concerted government effort to manage, contain and control the disease that is also wreaking havoc on hog industries in China and other Asian countries.
In a separate media briefing, Philippine central bank officials warned of an upside risk to inflation in 2020 amid the swine fever scare.
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