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Press Conference on Hog Disease

Author: DA Communications Group | 10 September 2019

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar assured the public that the Department of Agriculture (DA) is on top of the situation during the press briefing of the DA Crisis Management Team (CMT) on Swine held on September 9, 2019.

Secretary Dar announced the result of the confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on the swine blood samples collected from small backyard farms in Rizal Province and mentioned that DA still awaits the result of the viral isolation test that is more definitive in terms of identifying the nature of the virus detected.

The PCR test result from the World Reference Laboratory in Pirthbright, England, which is also the World Organization for Animal Health Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever (ASF), confirmed that majority of the blood samples were ASF positive. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan and Van Joseph P. Manzo)