Hog Checkpoints Set Up Amid Ebola Scare

by 5m Editor
12 December 2008, at 1:17pm

THE PHILIPPINES - The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) on Thursday said it has intensified its meat inspection efforts following the discovery of hogs in at least three piggery farms in Luzon tested positive for ebola reston virus.

NMIS Director Jane Bacayo said he has ordered strict monitoring of slaughterhouses all over the country.

He also directed its personnel to properly screen the requirements being submitted by hog dealers for the issuance of health certificates.

On the other hand, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) director Dave Catbagan said they have set up "hog checkpoints" to prevent the transport of pigs from the infected piggery farms in Luzon for slaughter or breeding.

He said they already coordinated with local government officials of the provinces concerned to prevent such transports.

"Walang makalalabas, na-coordinate na natin mula pa kagabi sa governors at mayors. May nagbabantay doon na mobile police (Pigs from those farms will not get out. We already coordinated with mayors and governors concerned. Police will set up checkpoints to make sure pigs from the infected farms will not get out)," he said.

"I'm assuring the public walang makakalabas na baboy (no pigs will be allowed to be brought out of the farms concerned) for slaughter and breeding," he added.

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