DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Officials confirmed on Wednesday that African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached two barangays in Sulop town of Davao del Sur province.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 11 confirmed in a meeting with Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas that hogs from the villages of Palili and Laperas tested positive for ASF, provincial veterinarian Dr. Russell Celis said in a Facebook video of the Davao del Sur’s Public Information Office (PIO).
Celis said two barangays were among the four barangays under investigation due to suspected cases of ASF announced earlier this week.
Under the “1-7-10” protocol, all hogs within the one-kilometer radius will be culled and entry and exit of live hogs is prohibited. Meanwhile, those within seven kilometers have to be confirmed disease-free before allowing the sale of hogs within the province only.
Other hogs within the 10-kilometer radius can be sold outside of the province, provided they have tested negative for ASF.
Last week, a major auction site for hogs in Sulop town was temporarily shut down in efforts to contain the spread of ASF, which started in Don Marcelino town, Davao Occidental province and has also reached the outskirts of Davao City.
The City Government of Davao has announced on Wednesday that the depopulation of pigs in Brgy. Dominga and Lamanan, Calinan District affected with ASF has been completed.
A total of 2,343 pigs were culled while 536 raisers were indemnified.
Still, movement of pigs is still restricted untill further advise by the City Veterinarian’s Office.
The two barangays will also continue with decontamination and disinfection activities by individual hog raisers for 30 days.(davaotoday.com)