New ASF outbreak in the Philippine province

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The city veterinarian office in Maasin City, Southern Leyte province in the Philippines has culled at least 50 pigs after five samples tested positive for ASF. The animals came from 14 backyard farms.

City Veterinarian Rey Alinsub said that the culled pigs were buried as required by government protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

“This is the first time Maasin City has recorded ASF cases, but we will see to it that it will not spread to other barangays in the city,” said Dr Alinsub.

The city veterinarian office in Maasin City, Southern Leyte culled hogs to prevent ASF from spreading into other villages. (Photo credit: Mayor Nacional Mercado FB page)

Meanwhile, City Mayor Nacional Mercado said that the government will indemnify the affected farmers. He also activated the city’s ASF Task Force.

“We are appealing to everyone to help us control and contain the ASF by immediately reporting any sign of disease or death of hogs in your area. Please don’t slaughter sick or dead hogs and sell the meat to traders/general public,” Mr Mercado said on social media.

Municipalities upgraded

Even as ASF continues to occur sporadically around the country, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported that 54 municipalities have been upgraded from ASF red zones to pink zones as of February 24.

An upgrade to the pink zone means the pig producers in the municipality can already repopulate their farms.

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Editor, Asian Pork Magazine, Manila, Philippines. Isa is the in-house expert on African swine fever, as her deep knowledge on the subject is imbued in articles such as, ‘Strategic testing and extraction help farms survive ASF’.