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ASF hits backyard farms hard in the Philippines

ASF hits backyard farms hard in the Philippines

This past September 2019, ASF hits backyard farms in the Philippines. Pigs that are infected with this virus get sicked and eventually, died.

There are 13 million pigs in the Philippines, including 1.75 million sow population. Around 40% of it, came from numerous backyard farms. The percentage came from 3 regions: Central Luzon, Northern Mindanao, and Western Visayas.

Many of the backyard farms across the Philippines purchase weaner age pigs between 5 to 10 kg body weight and fatten them prior to sale at 30 kg (‘Lechon’ markets) or at 90 kg (pork markets).

Emergence of the Philippines the ASF virus

In the early part of September 2019, three backyards reported high mortality losses. One of the affected farmers transferred the diseased pigs in Bulacan. The confirmation of the ASF virus led to restriction of pig movements in Luzon. The original cause of this outbreak was because of contaminated food waste from Manila sources.

Nearby backyard farms reported to be positive for the ASF virus. BAI personnel have taken some samples for examination.

LGU is monitoring and depopulating many backyard piggeries across central Luzon. However, it is likely that spread to other backyard farms may continue in the near future. Also, the ASF virus will not affect humans.

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How Safe are X-rays?

How Safe are X-rays?

X-ray has helped great improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical conditions in children and adults. But, X-ray might be a problem if now properly use. Thus, we need to know how safe are x-rays.

The safety of X-ray depends on the procedures and what part of the body is being x-rayed and patients’ sex and age may be a factor of how safe is x-ray.

a healthcare provider doing x-ray in safe manner

Based on the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has recommended the DOSE LIMIT of 5,000 Millerems (mr) per year. A SINGLE CHEST X-RAY in the usual POSTERIO-ANTERIOR (PA) VIEW (from back to front) emits ONLY 30 mr. So you can SAFETY HAVE AS MANY CHEST X-RAY AS NEEDED, even MORE THAN 160 TIMES PER YEAR WITHOUT WORRYING about the CANCER and STERILITY. Other x-ray procedures involving the parts of the body, however, entails more radiation.

Incidentally, there is a medical myth that DRINKING MILL WILL ERASE the SPOTS or LESION that may be present of the chest x-ray, of course, THIS IS FALSE. ( )

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Dengue Get Out!

Dengue Get Out!

Dengue in the Philippines

Dengue has made big news all around the country because it affected a lot of people from children to adults. It has been talk of the country late this year past months. But still, we can’t deny that dengue is still prevalent in these present days even though the effort of the government agencies the Department of Health or DOH is very serious to stop the dengue widespread.

Department of Health or DOH has done different strategies to make an impact to at least lessen this dengue by eradicating the mosquitoes’ dengue-carrying. These strategies are below:

  1. fogging around the area were dengue-carrying mosquitoes have been recorded,
  2. cleaning the house where the mosquitoes might live and hide
  3. cleaning and removing vessels with stagnant water that the mosquitoes might live and reproduce and even
  4. spreading bullfrogs in the canal, river or lake where the mosquitoes are staying and
  5. giving to the towns of citronella plants that believe in driving out mosquitoes including the said dengue-carrying.

Moreover, the DOH has formulated an overall Kontra Dengue advisory. To stop, control and contain dengue mosquitoes spread and to help the people who are affected by this disease. To have proper medication and this is what they called, “4S Kontra Dengue”.

4S Kontra Dengue

  1. Search and Destroy
  2. Self-protection measure
  3. Seek early consultation
  4. Say No to indiscriminating fogging

With these efforts of the Department of Health, we may not be sure if this dengue is all out. The things we should do is to be alert, prepared and informed about this dengue

For updates about the dengue news here in the Philippines, you may visit the site of DOH at

Let us fight dengue!

Let’s all help to eradicate this dengue by doing the task as a citizen to our community for our country. Be part of the movement, be informed and be transformed.

If you have someone you suspected to have dengue don’t have to hesitate, be check! You may contact us for proper diagnosis, treatment, and medication.