Vets say disease had killed 60,000 piglets in Batangas

PHILIPPINES - The so-called porcine epidemic diarrhea syndrome (PEDS) has already killed 60,000 piglets in Batangas province since it struck hog farms last June, provincial veterinarian Dr. Rodrigo Bautista said.
calendar icon 26 August 2006
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The affected areas in Batangas include hog farms of Rosario, Ibaan, Padre Garcia, San Jose and Taysan towns and Lipa City, characterized as the province’s agro-industrial areas.

PEDS is an acute diarrheal disease caused by corona virus, affecting pigs of different age groups.

It was discovered in Europe in 1969 and is now widespread in China and European countries.

Adult pigs experience anorexia, lethargy and diarrhea while sucklings exhibit vomiting and watery diarrhea.

Mortality rate is high for sucklings at 100 percent and piglets at 50 percent or greater.

The syndrome earlier struck piglets in Bulacan province last year before the Bureau of Animal Industry positively identified the disease when it reached Batangas in June.

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