Test results confirms new cases of ASF in Luzon
Four towns in Tarlac as well as other provinces in Luzon has confirmed to new cases of African swine fever (ASF).
In a report from Philippine Inquirer, Tarlac Gov. Susan Yap confirmed that there were ASF-infected hogs in this capital city and the towns of Victoria, Capas, Concepcion and La Paz. This was based on the results of blood tests of samples taken from semicommercial and backyard raisers in Tarlac.
In Gerona town, also in Tarlac, a pig from a backyard raiser in Barangay Bawa died last week and a blood sample was taken from it after it manifested symptoms of ASF. Gerona Mayor Eloy Eclar said they were waiting for the confirmatory test result. He said he had formed a task force and ordered officials to set up quarantine checkpoints to prevent ASF infection in the town.
Aside from Tarlac other cases were also reported in Pangasinan and Bataan provinces where more than 21 pigs had been culled after random blood samples from hogs raised in some backyard farms tested positive for the swine disease.
In Binmaley town, Pangasinan, 21 hogs in Barangay Linoc were culled on Tuesday after blood samples were tested positive for ASF. Authorities also monitored four villages within a 1-km radius of Barangay Linoc where quarantine checkpoints had been set up.
Fernando Ferrer, the town agriculture officer, said in a report from the Inquirer that 31 hogs from another backyard raiser in Barangay Linoc died last month due to ASF.
He said the hog raiser only reported the incident to authorities after the pigs had been buried.
In Bataan, blood samples from some pigs in the towns of Dinalupihan and Hermosa also tested positive for ASF, local officials confirmed on Wednesday
The laboratory tests were done after several hogs from villages in the two towns died recently.
Dr. Alberto Venturina, Bataan provincial veterinarian, said local health and agriculture officials had started implementing preventive measures to stop the infection.