Notice to the Public

Advisory on African Swine Fever

 

African Swine Fever (ASF) as defined by OIE, is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs. It is caused by DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family which causes high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in 2-10 days on average to those pigs that are affected. Although it is not considered as a human health threat, it can still cause major economic loss to swine industries.

Therefore, as part of the campaign to keep the country free from African Swine Fever (ASF), NMIS Executive Director Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales released the Memorandum Order No. 2019-01-0017 directed to Regional Technical Directors, Acting Regional Technical Directors, Officer-in-Charge and all Meat Inspection Officers to support the national efforts on increasing awareness and preparedness on the said disease.

The memorandum encourages everyone to:

 1.Ensure that only swine/pigs with valid Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC) and/or shipping permits are accepted in slaughterhouses,

2.Be vigilant in the conduct of meat inspection in all meat establishments in your respective areas of concern.

3.Assure proper disposal of condemned carcasses and parts.

4.Maintain thorough cleaning and disinfection of personal protective equipment (PPEs), tools, equipment and premises using appropriate disinfectants after every operation, and,

5.should there be suspected occurrence, NMIS and Deputized Meat Inspection Officers to report immediately to their immediate supervisors in their respective Regional Technical Operations Center (RTOC) for disease, investigation and appropriate action and for RTDs/ ARTDs/ OICs to immediately notify and submit an official report to the NMIS Central Office.