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2 more Davao del Sur villages positive of ASF

February 13, 2020 - Thursday 6:02 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image RESTING. A kid sleeps on a hammock above the pigs that are for sale at the Agdao Public Market in Davao City. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has ordered a ban on the entry of pigs and other pork products from Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur following the presence of African Swine Fever (ASF) in both provinces. MANMAN DEJETO / MINDANEWS

DAVAO CITY -- Two more barangays in Sulop town in Davao del Sur are now affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Russel Celis on Wednesday said the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 has confirmed that Barangays Palili and Laperas of the municipality of Sulop town are positive of the ASF.

He said DA-11 made the announcement after blood samples taken from pigs in the two villages.

According to Celis, DA 11 Regional Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. confirmed the ASF cases in the said barangays during a meeting with Governor Douglas Cagas on Wednesday morning.

Barangays Palili and Laperas were among the three barangays suspected to be ASF-infected and underwent sample testing procedures.

DA is still awaiting the results of testing done on samples collected from another Davao del Sur town.

Earlier, the two villages, along with another Sulop barangay and Aplaya in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur, were placed under tight monitoring after reports of an ASF-like disease affecting hogs there.

Celis said quarantine protocols have already been strengthened within a one-kilometer radius of the affected areas.

Celis further said profiling of hog owners and inventory of hogs will be among the first steps to be undertaken in the areas for the indemnification of affected stakeholders. 

He added that positive results would mean the immediate implementation of the "1-7-10 protocol' of the Department of Agriculture (DA), which calls for the culling of pigs within the one-kilometer radius from the site.

Under the protocol, owners of pigs within the seven-kilometer radius would still be able to sell their animals within the municipality.

Only pigs raised 10 kilometers from the two villages can be sold outside the town, provided that these had been certified to be disease-free.