Tagum City – Tagum City Veterinarian’s Office confirmed that the African Swine Fever has finally reached the city and warns the public, especially the hog raisers, to be extra careful in handling their pigs.
Last September 30, 2020, the City Veterinarian’s Office of Tagum sent 10 samples to the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao of the University of the Philippines Mindanao. The laboratory released the result on October 13 wherein 5 samples turned out positive of the African Swine Fever.
In an interview, Doctor Jesus G. Edullantes stated that the virus started in Barangay Mankilam and is now being contained. However, he warns the hog growers to be careful in handling their pigs and transacting with traders.
ASF cannot harm humans but Doctor Edullantes still cautions the public to buy certified meat by meat inspectors being sold in legitimate selling areas such as the public market and malls to avoid the further spread of the disease.
Furthermore, hog growers are expected to coordinate with the local government unit thru the City Veterinarian’s Office if they suspect their pigs to be sick or if they died suspiciously so samples can be examined immediately. Quarantine measures are also required while waiting for the result. If pigs are confirmed to have ASF, certain protocols have to be followed.
“Dako kaayo siya og economic…impact…kay ang virus taas ang mortality [rate]… Ato untang tabangan ang industriya, kinahanglan mukunsumo gihapon ta og karneng baboy…safe pa gihapon mukaon…dili lang pud magpataka og pamalit sa mga talipapa.”, Doc Edullantes advises.
“It has big economic…impact…the virus has high mortality [rate]…Let’s help the industry by still consuming pigs…the meat is safe to eat…but let’s not buy just anywhere.”
Meanwhile, the LGU is now looking for additional funds to help the affected farmers and is also partnering with the national government for measures to be conducted to stop its spread. Inspections are still in place at all checkpoints manned by the inspectors from the Bureau of Animal Industry. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
The City Veterinarian’s Office visits some of the hog farms to inspect their pigs and get samples if needed. City Veterinarian’s Office
The owner of the first affected farm volunteered to do the disinfecting of their pig pens with the guidance of the City Veterinarian’s Office. City Veterinarian’s Office
African Swine Fever checkpoints are still in place and are being manned by the Bureau of Animal Industry officers. City Veterinarian’s Office