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ASF now in Davao de Oro

November 21, 2020 - Saturday 4:11 PM by PNA

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NABUNTURAN, Davao de Oro  -- African Swine Fever virus has reached the province of Davao de Oro and caused the death of seven hogs in Barangay Kingking, Pantukan.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rolando Simene revealed that the hogs died last week, and samples were forwarded to the Department of Agriculture regional office on November 12.

Simene said that they received the results through email from a laboratory in General Santos City on Monday, and already alerted the Municipal Agriculture Office of Pantukan.

As of now, the veterinarian added, the agriculture office is conducting inventory of hogs within 500 meter radius from the area where the hogs died.

All the hogs within the radius will be depopulated probably next week, Simene targeted.

Simene explained that the possible carrier of the virus are the ‘kompradors’ and ‘biyaheros’ (bulk buyers), who passed or came from areas with ASF.

“For the past months, a lot of ‘biyaheros’ and ‘kompradors’ are coming in our province. One of the reasons is that the price of live hogs in Manila rise to PhP 250 per kilo since they are short in supply.”

Simene also disclosed that another 34 hogs died successively in Barangay Siocon, Compostela, and was only reported last week.

“Although we are still awaiting for the official results, I’m 95% sure that it is also ASF based on the necropsy finding,” he said.

In a virtual meeting led by Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, Simene recommended that to have quarantine checkpoint in the barangay to control the spread the virus.

“Dili sa jud makasulod ang mga komprador ug mga biyaheros, pati na ang mga baboy o karne sa baboy gikan sa barangay nga naay ASF; pero makasulod ang mga karne sa baboy gikan sa barangay na walay ASF padulong sa barangay nga walay ASF (aron pangkonsumo),” he said. (Bulk buyers are not allowed to enter, including the hogs and pork from barangay with ASF; but the pork from an ASF free barangay can enter the barangay with ASF for consumption. 

Simene also said that the checkpoint can only control the spread of the disease by 30%.

“Ang importante sa disease control, ang pagpakabana sa mga constituents, labi na sa farm owners ug katong mga nagbuhi og baboy. (What is important in disease control is the concern and active participation of the farm owners and those who are into hog raising.) (PIA XI, Michael Uy)