Bulacan village remains under quarantine for ASF
GUIGUINTO, Bulacan — A village in this town remains under quarantine to prevent the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) disease.
Mayor Ambrocio Cruz on Wednesday said all the pig pens in Barangay Pritil, this town have been disinfected with chemicals. “No pigs are allowed to enter in Barangay Pritil,” Cruz said.
Most residents in said barangay are engaged in swine trading and to make sure the disease is completely eradicated, Cruz said all animal pens were disinfected.
He said caretakers are also quarantined as additional safeguards. They are prohibited to leave the swine farm until clerance is given.
The mayor noted that they have implemented strict quarantine in the village where a sample of the blood tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) tested positive for the ASF.
“We are strictly monitoring the hogs in the barangay for testing to determine when the area can be declared ASF-free,” the mayor added.
Voltaire Basinang, head of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said only the Bureau of Animal Industry can lift the quarantine order.
On the reported recent mysterious swine deaths in Barangay Panasahan in Malolos City, Basinang neither confirmed nor denied that the cause of death was ASF.
He also failed to reply to the inquiry if there is a positive report of ASF in Malolos City.
It can be recalled that Governor Daniel Fernando ordered Basinang last Thursday to investigate the mysterious swine deaths in Malolos City, Guiguinto, and San Miguel towns.
Fernando also ordered putting up more checkpoints to strictly monitor the hog traders in this province as well as those from other provinces who might be carrying swine affected with the deadly virus.
Checkpoints were strictly enforced for the possible entry and exit of double dead meat.