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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

ASF outbreak declared in 3 Abra towns

Updated: Apr 22, 2021

Abra, Philippines - An African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak had been declared in three neighbouring towns of this province namely, Tineg, Malibcong and Daguioman.

Abra Governor Joy Bernos issued the declaration through Executive Order AP-03, s. 2021 signed on April 20, 2021, following the detection of the ASF disease from the collected samples of wild and native pigs in said areas.

The governor, through said order, directed the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, including their counterparts in the municipal local government, private entities and individuals in line with hog and swine raising, slaughtering, and butchering to monitor, conduct surveillance and investigations in areas affected by said disease.

“Tapno makontrol ken maprebentaran ti panag-saknap ti ASF ditoy Abra, ti OPVET, OPAG, ken dagiti municipal counterpart ti mangisayangkat iti surveillance, disinfection, sample testing, ken swine depopulation kadagiti apektado a lugar,” PLGU Abra stated.

As mandated in the EO, the butchering and transporting of pigs from affected places are now strictly prohibited.

The EO further states that any person or entity found to have committed any of the following instances/acts shall be deemed in violation of this order.

  • Tampering and falsification of documents such as, but not limited to Veterinary Health Certificate Free Status on ASF, Laboratory Test Results for ASF, Weekly Negative Diseases Monitoring Report, Biosecurity Evaluation Form;

  • Concealment of information;

  • Removal of diseased/deceased animals from quarantine area;

  • Movement of animals without necessary permits/documents;

  • Non-reporting/Delay in reporting of diseases occurrence, unusual mortalities, and other reportable information related to ASF;

  • Interference/Disobedience to persons in authority;

  • Refusal to farm inspection and conduct of surveillance; and

  • Data privacy issues.

The detection, as recalled was first discovered from the samples of wild pigs caught in Comia-as forest situated along the Abra-Kalinga boundary.

The Office of the Provincial Veterinary Office on Friday, April 16, has confirmed that samples from pigs coming from Barangays Lat-ey and Pacgued in Malibcong and Barangay Cogon, Tineg tested positive of the virus.

Additionally, report of the PLGU said that a sample of wild pig from Tui, Dagiuoman was also found positive of ASF.

Currently, Apayao is the sole province in the region that is ASF -free.



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