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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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