January 11, 2021
250 hogs in Daraga, Albay, Philippines culled to control ASF
At least 253 hogs were culled in Daraga, a town in Albay province, the Philippines, on January 11 to control the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
Daraga Mayor Victor Perete said they started the culling on January 9 after two pigs tested positive for ASF.
"The depopulated hogs were from the pig pens in the villages of Kilicao and Malobago," he said. Some backyard farms in Malobago were within the 500-meter radius of the affected area in Kilicao.
Perete said checkpoints would be set up to prevent the transport of hogs to and from the affected villages.
Pancho Mella, head of the Provincial Veterinary Services in Albay, said in 2020, at least 480 hogs were culled in towns of Pio Duran, Polangui, Oas, Daraga and Ligao City.
He said the first case of ASF was recorded in September 2020 in Pio Duran.