The Philippine College of Swine Practitioners presented an orientation guide on the PRRS virus variant strain in the Philippines to commercial pig producers, and both private and government veterinarians in a forum held at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel in Manila on November 27, 2008.
The Field Primer on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and complications arising from it, is the first attempt of the elite pig practitioners to define and outline everything there is to know about the disease, at least as far as the Philippine experience is concerned.
However, more than the disease itself, the guide will also attempt to elucidate and cover the most recent strain that has hit two major countries in Asia, China and Vietnam, as early as 2 years ago, in 2006. The destructive effect of “Atypical PRRS” has directed its path to the Philippines. Thus, the Filipino swine producers have turned from mere spectators of its neighboring countries and became the next victim of the same infection that wrought havoc in the countries producing more than half of the pigs in the world. This has been a significant development for the Filipino pig farmers, whose industry is touted to be the highest GDP contributor among the various sub-sectors of agriculture and livestock. The outbreak was so damaging as to create a huge vacuum in the supply chain of the pork commodity for a long time.
The Philippine College of Swine Practitioners (PCSP) believed that the Primer will spin off a more guided and scientific approach in solving the problem specific to PRRS.