Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) — A shipment of pork-celery dumplings from China which was seized at a port in Manila last December has been found to be infected with the African swine fever.
The MICP assured the public that it remains vigilant in preventing the entry of pork products that could have the swine fever virus.
The Philippines' import ban on pork and pork products covers 16 countries hit by swine fever, namely Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, Zambia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Latvia, Poland, Romania, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
The Philippines had its first African swine fever case in July last year, meaning an outbreak.
Cases of African swine fever have since been confirmed in a number of cities in Metro Manila and some provinces in Luzon, including Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan and Cavite.
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