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DOH: African swine fever (ASF) is not a risk to human health

The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated that African swine fever (ASF) is not a risk to human health as it dispelled public fears in the recent events of pork containing ASF, reported by PNA.

This is to calm the public after pork products in the country tested positive for ASF and confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“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,” according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“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 added.

The World Organization for Animal Health classified ASF as a severe and highly contagious viral disease on hogs and infected hogs with ASF experience fever, loss of appetite, redness of ears and legs, vomiting and diarrhea.


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