MANILA – Agriculture officials are on high alert monitoring the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the country especially on the northern and southern ends of the archipelago.
Up north particularly Isabela province, cases of ASF were reported in the towns of Mallig and Quirino, near ASF-hit Tabuk City, capital of neighboring Kalinga province, agriculture officials in the region said.
Cagayan Valley regional agriculture Narciso Edillo said checkpoints had already been properly installed in an effort to curtail the spread of the disease.
In particular, these checkpoints were set up at the boundaries of Kalinga, Ifugao and Benguet provinces Edillo said.
At least 77 ASF-positive pigs from backyard piggeries in Bimonton, Casili and Rang-ayan villages in Mallig, and San Miguel village in Quirino had already been culled officials said.
According to Edillo, infestation in the two towns had been traced to infected hogs in Kalinga where quarantine procedures were also made when tests showed ASF had spread to a mountain community in Tabuk.
DA Cordilleras director Cameron Odsey claimed backyard raisers reported hog deaths since November last year already reached 5,000 of hogs raised in Tabuk.
The city council of San Carlos, Pangasinan already declared a state of calamity early this month, after some hogs at Barangay Caboloan there tested positive for ASF.
Meanwhile, in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, similar ASSF symptoms were also monitored on pigs in Poblacion village.
The local government immediately imposes a lockdown even before laboratory results could confirm the presence of the ASF virus.
Municipal agriculture officer Helen Carampatana, a hog under observation already died last week.
This prompted them to send blood samples to the Bureau of Animal Industry in Quezon City Carampatana said. (IAMIGO/sovereignph.com)