Stricter mea­sures vs. ASF

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Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

MORE than 100 pigs were de­pop­u­lated in the prov­ince of Benguet in July in or­der to con­tain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).

This also prompted the Benguet Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice to re­it­er­ate its call for hog rais­ers in the prov­ince to strengthen its biose­cu­rity mea­sures which seeks to min­i­mize the risk of trans­mis­sion of in­fec­tious diseases to peo­ple, an­i­mal and plants caused by the virus.

Doc­tor Miriam Tion­gan, pro­vin­cial vet­eri­nar­ian dis­closed since the last week of Jan­uary up to July 31, there were 509 pigs

that were culled in the prov­ince to pre­vent fur­ther spread of ASF.

Records from the Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice (PVET) rev­eled 201 pigs were culled last week of Jan­uary to Fe­bru­ary, 173 from May to June and 135 in July.

For the month of July, Tion­gan said their of­fice recorded new cases of ASF in the towns of Tuba and Sablan.

The pro­vin­cial vet­eri­nar­ian dis­closed var­i­ous fac­tors may have caused the in­creas­ing num­ber of cases com­prised of the con­tin­u­ous swill feed­ing lo­cally known as ‘ara­saw.’

La Trinidad, Ito­gon, Tuba were ear­lier iden­ti­fied as ASF red zones while Tublay and Sablan was de­clared as pink zone or mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ad­ja­cent to the red zone ar­eas.

Buguias, Kabayan, Bokod, Bakun, Mankayan, Atok, Ki­bun­gan, Ka­pan­gan re­main ASF free and were de­clared as light green zones.

PVET are ask­ing lo­cal hog rais­ers in ASF free ar­eas to pro­tect their pig­pens that con­tinue to be the source of pigs amidst the on­go­ing Covid-19 pan­demic.

Tion­gan added there should be limited vis­i­tors go­ing into the pig­pens, and for hog rais­ers to main­tain clean­li­ness within the area.

PVET also urged all swine rais­ers to reg­is­ter in their re­spec­tive barangays for faster in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion re­gard­ing ASF and to re­port the death of swine/s to their of­fice.

ASF is a se­vere vi­ral dis­ease af­fect­ing do­mes­tic and wild pigs.

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