ASF spreads fast in Luzon, kills pigs in Pangasinan
The deadly swine disease African Swine Fever (ASF) is spreading fast in Luzon and has started to kill pigs in Pangasinan.
Governor Amado I. Espino III has recently urged the mayors, barangay captains and the people of Pangasinan to stay more vigilant in guarding all entry points in the province especially the barangay roads which are used by illegal hog traders to transport live swine sourced out from areas affected by ASF.
He made this call over the as he announced that 15 of the 30 blood samples taken from the hogs that were confiscated and condemned in Barangay Baloling in Mapandan last September 26 tested positive for ASF.
Espino said that the province has been strictly manning the 11 animal quarantine checkpoints established by the provincial government in all major entry points of the province, with the help of the police force, as he lamented that illegal traders pass through “iskinitas” using various tactics to evade attention of authorities.
He said that he has already called the attention of the mayors and barangay captains through a memorandum circular weeks ago to help guard narrow entry points in their areas of responsibility.
“We have no recourse now but to implement the 1-7-10 protocol of the Department of Agriculture when an area is found out to be infected by ASF,” Espino said.
Bureau of Animal Industry Regional Veterinary Quarantine Officer Jhonabeth Pajarillaga explained that under this protocol, one-kilometer radius of the site of infection or ground zero will be prohibited from bringing in and out of any swine or hogs in the area which will eventually be depopulated.
For the 7-kilometer radius, swine will be under surveillance with restricted movements of swine while blood testing will be undertaken. For the 10-kilometer radius from ground zero, a mandatory monitoring and reporting of swine disease occurrences shall be implemented.
Pangasinan is the 13th area in the country with confirmed cases of ASF. All these areas are so far in Central Luzon and CALABARZON.