Philippines culls over 7,400 pigs over African swine fever outbreak hinh anh 1More than 7,400 pigs have been culled in the Philippines as African swine fever is causing the deaths of pig herds in at least seven villages near Manila. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – More than 7,400 pigs have been culled as African swine fever caused the deaths of pig herds in at least seven villages near the Philippine capital of Manila, according to Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said 14 out of 20 blood samples were tested positive for the disease but further tests were needed to ascertain the virulence of the virus.

Farms hit by the virus and outlying areas have been placed under quarantine and disinfected to prevent recurrences.

The Philippines is the latest country in Asia to be affected by the disease. African swine fever has been reported in China, Cambodia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Laos, Mongolia, and Vietnam.

In early August, the Philippines banned pork and pork-based products from more than a dozen of countries which were hit by the virus.

The virus is not harmful to humans but causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that almost always ends in death. There is no antidote or vaccine, and the only method to prevent the disease from spreading is a mass cull of affected livestock.-VNA