DA says African Swine Fever detected in another QC village

Robie de Guzman
A city veterinarian (R) takes a blood sample from a pig in a backyard piggery to test for African Swine Fever (ASF) in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 17 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday confirmed that pigs from another village in Quezon City have tested positive for the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Agriculture Secretary Wiliam Dar said the ASF has already reached the backyard farms of Barangay Tatalon following reports of hog infection.

This brings to three the total ASF-infected areas in Quezon City along with Payatas and Bagong Silangan, which according to city Mayor Joy Belmonte have culled more than 3,000 pigs.

Dar said they have placed backyard hog farms in Barangay Tatalon under quarantine and implemented the 1-7-10 protocol.

The protocol includes the culling of hogs within one-kilometer radius of infected farms and the setting up of quarantine checkpoints in strategic locations to prevent the movement of all live pigs, pork and pork-related products.

Hog farms, particularly backyard operations, within seven-kilometer radius are subjected to continued surveillance procedures and tests to determine the extent of infection in animals.

Swine farms within a 10-kilometer radius, on the other hand, are required to submit a mandatory report on the disease.

Investigation on how the dreaded disease reached the area is also underway.

The Agriculture department earlier said the swine disease was already contained in the regions of Rizal and Bulacan while several hogs in Pangasinan area are still being tested following reports on the presence of the said virus in some backyard farms.

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