AFRICAN Swine Fever (ASF) has reached several areas in Nueva Ecija and Cavite, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said yesterday.
Dar confirmed cases of the swine fever in two new areas in Luzon – barangays in Palayan City in Nueva Ecija and in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
The Department of Agriculture previously confirmed cases of the hog disease in Rodriguez and Antipolo in Rizal; Guiguinto, Bulacan; and five barangays in Quezon City. One barangay in Mapandan, Pangasinan also reported pig deaths caused by swine fever.
While the swine fever does not affect humans, the latter can be carriers of the virus that causes swift death to infected pigs.
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said that the swine fever cases in Dasmariñas were confirmed in Barangays Emmanuel Bergado and Salawag, where 21 pigs died due to the disease. He said the disease might have spread through swill feeding (kaning baboy), which could have been contaminated.
“Those who used commercial feeds, hindi sila naapektuhan,” Remulla told reporters.
Dar said authorities will talk with local officials and implement the 1-7-10 protocol. All hogs within a one-kilometer radius will be burned and buried. Pig pens within the seven-kilometer radius will be placed under quarantine to prevent hogs from being transported elsewhere while those within 10 kilometers will be under close monitoring.