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Possible Hog Cholera Infection Reported

by 5m Editor
28 January 2009, at 10:27am

THE PHILIPPINES - The local veterinary office in Tacloban City has been receiving reports of possible cholera infection in pigs, reported a health official today.

SOURCE reports that Eunice Alcantara, city veterinary officer, said her office have been receiving reports about pigs that have diarrhea, fever and other respiratory diseases, which are symptoms of hog cholera.

"Barangay Captains and some individuals are coming to the office about these reports. We give [the pigs] immediate treatments," Alcantara said.

Alcantara, meanwhile, assured Tacloban City residents that there is nothing to worry about the reports. She said none of the pigs have been tested positive with hog cholera.

She, however, advised the public to carefully choose pork products in the market. She said the public should avoid eating pork of sick hogs.

Alcantara said meat inspectors are now closely monitoring hog farms and around the city and nearby towns. She said meat inspectors are also strictly inspecting pigs being brought to the city slaughter house.