DA confirms ASF in Benguet, Kalinga
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed the reported incidence of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the provinces of Kalinga and Benguet.
In a report to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, DA-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) director Cameron Odsey said the ASF-affected areas are the towns of Tanudan, Bulanao and Tabuk, all in Kalinga; and in Beckel, La Trinidad, and Camp 1, Tuba, both in Benguet.
Blood samples of hogs from said five areas sent to both the DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry’s (DA-BAI) and regional animal disease diagnosis and reference laboratories were found positive for ASF.
Odsey said a composite team of DA-CAR, DA-BAI, respective provincial and city veterinary, and municipal agriculture offices validated the reported swine deaths in Kalinga and Benguet.
Dar instructed both the DA-BAI and DA-CAR to undertake the needed measures to control the spread of ASF to other adjoining areas, in strong partnership with respective LGUs, particularly with their provincial and city veterinarians and livestock technicians.
These include technical assistance at quarantine checkpoints to strictly implement the 1-7-10 protocol, and during culling of all hogs, infected or not, within the one-kilometer radius.