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African swine flu alert: 3 Rizal barangays quarantined

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MANILA, Philippines — Three barangays in Rodriguez, Rizal have been quarantined amid reports of an increase in the number of pig deaths in recent days.

Barangays Macabud, San Isidro and San Jose have been quarantined since Saturday, the Rodriguez Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) bared yesterday.

“The doctors of Region 4-A are there, about 40 doctors,” Genaro Inocentes of the MDRRMO said.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) implemented the so-called one-seven-10 principle over the weekend. This means that all hogs within the one-kilometer radius will be culled while those in seven and 10-kilometer radiuses are under strict surveillance.

The DA has yet to confirm if the cause of high pig mortality in the barangays was due to the African swine fever (ASF).

Last Friday, the DA received a report on ”increased mortality of pigs raised by farmers in their backyards” from the  Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

The DA is conducting confirmatory laboratory tests, including sending blood samples to laboratories abroad, to determine the cause of  death of the animals.

ASF task force member and BAI veterinarian Joy Lagayan said the mortality rate in the three barangays rose by 20 percent against an average of only three to five percent.

The DA will hold a press conference today to give updates.

The Philippines had earlier banned pork imports from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Laos, Moldova, Mongolia, North Korea, Poland, Romania Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam and  Zambia.

ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs.

Mortality rates are high as 100 percent.




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This would be very bad for the Philippines. The lechon price will skyrocket. Many farmers livelihood will be in danger.

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Bohol governor issues order banning importation of pork

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap ordered a halt to the importation of pork and meat in the province.

Yap issued the order after some hogs died in Luzon due to a still undetermined illness.

The local government of Bohol will also implement a vaccination and deworming activity for hogs.

Three barangays in Rodriguez, Rizal were undergoing quarantine measures after the unusual death of around 100 hogs in the area, its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said on Tuesday.

Rodriguez MDRRMO chief Genaro Inocentes said that local officials are already inspecting small piggeries in barangays San Isidro, San Jose, and Macabud.

Live swines detected of having diseases are immediately culled and disposed of in a landfill.

It was not confirmed yet whether the disease that killed the livestock in the area was African Swine Flu.

Inocentes assured the public that no pork from Rodriguez, Rizal will be made available to the market while the quarantine is in effect.

According to the Department of Agriculture on Monday, blood samples from hogs have been sent abroad for testing of various animal diseases as increased mortality has been recorded in several areas.

Test results are expected to be released in two weeks to three months.




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From what I've read ASF is highly contagious pig to pig transmission and can remain in pig products for several months and frozen for several years. Can also be carried by ticks. Thankfully, no known pig to human transmission, not swine flu.


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