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Jan 24, 2020 @ 19:45

ASF affects more town in Bataan

The municipal mayors of Bataan confirmed that the African Swine Fever (ASF) has affected two more towns and one city. Bringing the count up to four out of eleven town from last week’s two.

Samal and Orani are the two other towns found positive of the virus after Dinalupihan and Hermosa. The four are adjacent to each other. Confirmed areas with ASF are five barangays in Dinalupihan, two in Hermosa, and one each in Orani and Samal.

Dinalupihan has 46 barangays; Hermosa, 23; Orani, 25; and Samal, 14.

According to a report from the Philippine News Agency, Dinalupihan Mayor Maria Angela Garcia said in a press conference that there are four barangays found ASF-positive and another one declared as ASF-infected in her town.

ASF-positive means the case or cases have been confirmed through laboratory tests, while ASF-infected means the virus was acquired from other hogs.

Also in the briefing to reporters were Mayor Efren Pascual Jr. of Orani and Mayor Joseph Inton of Hermosa.

“The five barangays were established as quarantine zone while those outside the quarantine zone were declared as surveillance zone,” Garcia said.

She said that as per the protocol of the Department of Agriculture, there are guidelines to follow in every zone which they are following to the letter.


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