PRO/MBDS> African swine fever – Asia (32): Philippines (Western Visayas) domestic, spread


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Date: Wed 21 Jun 2023 8:00 PHT
Source: Philippine News Agency

Antique is no longer free from African swine fever (ASF) as the top
official of the Department of Agriculture [DA] in Western Visayas
confirmed on Wednesday [21 Jun 2023] that swine mortalities in the
municipality of Hamtic were caused by the animal disease. DA OIC
Regional Director Jose Albert Barrogo said that based on their
clinical laboratory report, 4 of the 5 serum samples submitted by the
Provincial Veterinary (ProVet) Office to the DA Regional Animal
Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) in Iloilo City on 19 Jun 2023
were positive for ASF. “We had the copy of the results of the serum
samples confirming it to be positive for ASF submitted to the Office
of Governor Cadiao today,” Barrogo said in a phone interview.

Barrogo urged the concerned local government to implement depopulation
and culling of hogs within the 500 m (0.31 mi) radius of the affected
site to prevent the further spread of the viral disease. Hogs within a
500 m [0.31 mi] radius could already be infected by the disease, he
added. “We urge the provincial government and the LGU of Hamtic to
provide assistance to the affected hog raisers,” he added.

He said that the laboratory result could also be used by the LGU
[local government unit] of Hamtic, in particular, to declare a state
of calamity so it could assist hog raisers. The Hamtic Municipal
Agriculture Office (MAO) has recorded the deaths of 1359 hogs valued
at PHP 13.04 million [about USD 234 000) in 22 barangays. Hamtic has
more or less a 9000 hog population.

Barrogo added that Executive Order 35 issued by Hamtic Mayor Julius
Ronald Pacificador on 19 Jun 2023 allowing the transport,
slaughtering, and sale of apparently healthy swine and pork could only
be possibly implemented within the barangays of the municipality. “The
LGU should really have to contain the spread of the ASF,” Barrogo

[Byline: Annabel Consuelo Petinglay]

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