May 13, 2022


African swine fever detection kit developed in the Philippines shows promising results



An African swine fever (ASF) PCR detection kit developed by Philippines-based Manila Healthtek Inc is showing promising results in field tests, Business Mirror reported.


The product, named "GenAmplify African Swine Fever PCR Detection Kit", is currently undergoing field tests in animal diseases diagnostic laboratories under the Bureau of Animal Industry located in the cities of Tarlac, General Santos, and Tuguegarao, as well as one private laboratory Diamed Enterprise based in Los Banos.


The kit will make it affordable for swine farmers to conduct ASF tests on their hogs, allowing for quicker response time to prevent the spread of the disease.


Field tests have showed that the Manila Healthtek product is comparable to imported test kits.


Dr Ernesto Balolong Jr., director of research and development, Animal Health Division of Manila Healthtek, said because the kit is developed in the Philippines, the company can easily provide technical assistance to laboratories should there be issues.


-      Business Mirror