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2 Sarangani towns curb African swine fever outbreak

November 23, 2020 - Monday 3:11 PM by PNA

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Veterinary authorities in Sarangani province declared as contained so far the outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF) that affected backyard hog raisers in at least two municipalities.

Dr. Bernard Cababat, acting head of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said Monday no new incidence of the disease has been reported in past several weeks in five barangays in Glan and Malungon towns that previously recorded confirmed cases.

The affected areas are Barangays Pangyan, Batulaki, Calpidong and Cablalan in Glan and Panamin in Malungon.

Cababat said they conducted the immediate culling of hogs in these villages and implemented containment measures to protect other backyard raisers in nearby areas.

Since the last week of July, he said around 300 hogs were already culled in these areas in coordination with the local government units.

“We have so far contained the problem and we’re continuously monitoring the situation in the entire province,” he told reporters.

Cababat said they have temporarily stopped the shipment of live hogs and pork products from the affected municipalities but allowed them for local consumption.

He said they are currently reviewing their quarantine measures and determining how the ASF entered the province despite the tight monitoring in its border checkpoints.

The official cited the roads leading to the neighboring municipalities in Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental where confirmed outbreaks of the disease had been recorded.

“We’ve been continually campaigning among our backyard raisers to refrain from feeding their hogs with leftover food or swill as these could be contaminated with some diseases, including ASF,” he said.

This city and other localities in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) have earlier stopped the transport of live hogs and pork from Glan, Malungon and neighboring towns due to the ASF threat.

The City Veterinary Office allows hogs from Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum towns, which remain unaffected by the disease, to enter the area provided that these have complete permits and related documents.

Aside from Sarangani, cases of ASF were earlier confirmed in some parts of North Cotabato.  Richelyn Gubalani