ASF reaches Mindanao; 1,000 pigs dead in 8 barangays
Mayor Michael Maruya of Don Marcelino town said there is a continuing incidence of pig mortality in Barangays Linadasan, North Lamidan, South Lamidan, Calian, Mabuhay, Lawa, Nueva Villa and Baluntaya.
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ASF reaches Mindanao; 1,000 pigs dead in 8 barangays
Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) - February 2, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — African swine fever (ASF) has reached Mindanao, with 1,000 pigs confirmed to have died due to the swine disease in Davao Occidental.

Mayor Michael Maruya of Don Marcelino town said there is a continuing incidence of pig mortality in Barangays Linadasan, North Lamidan, South Lamidan, Calian, Mabuhay, Lawa, Nueva Villa and Baluntaya.

Maruya expressed concern that the disease poses a threat to consumers of pork and processed meat in the town.

The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Davao regional office recommended a lockdown in the town after conducting sample collection and validation of the ASF-hit pigs.

“With this, punong barangays, the PNP (Philippine National Police) and other concerned offices and agencies shall establish a 24/7 animal quarantine checkpoints at various entry points in our local government unit,” Maruya said.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar refused to confirm the outbreak, saying they are still validating reports.

However, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Emmanuel Piñol said he received reports on the outbreak from the DA regional office.

”How and why the ASF got to the remote town could not yet be answered,” Piñol said.

He said he would visit the town today to assess the situation.

“We will deploy policemen and soldiers to make sure nothing comes out of Don Marcelino and its neighboring town Jose Abad Santos. Stakeholders in the hog industry are urged to help,” Piñol said.

Nearly 200,000 pigs have been culled in the country due to ASF.

 In its recent report to the World Organization for Animal Health, the DA said 130 new outbreaks have been recorded since August last year.

Hogs in Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Tarlac, Rizal, Cavite, Pangasinan as well as Quezon City, Caloocan City and Malabon in Metro Manila were affected.

In Bulacan and Pampanga where the first ASF cases were reported, hogs in 16 and 19 towns, respectively, were hit by ASF.

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