LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Several hogs in Camarines Sur province were found to have been afflicted with the dreaded African swine fever (ASF) Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
As such, the new development prompted the province to be on red alert following the confirmation of ASF infection on 23 dead pigs in Barangay Santo Domingo in Bombon town.
The DA Regional Quick Response Team (RQRT)’s investigation found several hogs that died in Barangay Salud in Calabanga town had “pathognomonic signs and lesions suggestive of ASF.”
With this new development, the village was now been marked as “ground zero or point of reference for determining the quarantine, surveillance, and control zones based on the 1-7-10 protocol as biosafety measures.”
Last Thursday (20 February 2020), veterinary personnel from the DA culled at least 250 pigs that were raised in Bombon and within its 1-km radius.
A team of veterinarians from DA were also dispatched to check on the report that several pigs have died due to ASF in Calabanga Thursday.
Calabanga is a first-class town in Camarines Sur some 22 kilometers from Naga City a news report said.
“As a preventive measure to stop the spread of ASF, the DA has declared a “lockdown” in that area where all kinds of animals and meat products coming in and out of Bombon town would not be allowed. The town is nine kilometers away from Naga City,” a DA official said.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the agency will be giving PHP5, 0000 cash assistance to livestock farmers for every swine afflicted with the disease or culled.
The cash assistance, however, will not exceed 20 swine heads per farmer. (Ismael Amigo/sovereignph.com/With reports from PNA)