UN agencies inspect Luzon hog farms

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Philippines—Teams from three United Nations agencies on Thursday started investigating cases of Ebola-Reston virus infection of hogs in pig farms in Pangasinan and Bulacan.

The teams are composed of animal and human health experts from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, World Organization for Animal Health and World Health Organization.

In Pangasinan, William White, senior staff veterinarian of the United States Department of Agriculture, said his team would “examine in detail” the affected farms in the province.

Dr. Reildrin Morales, head of the field operations group of the Bureau of Animal Industry, said the experts would visit the farms in Manaoag town to collect samples and to assess if the virus is still present there.

“There will be a series of field investigations; there will be sample collections,” he said.

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