March 4, 2020

 

Philippines' latest ASF outbreak in Naga city; state of calamity imminent

 

 

The city of Naga in Camarines Sur province is the latest area in the Philippines to confirm an outbreak of the African swine fever.

 

Blood samples from pigs raised in two villages within the city tested positive for ASF, according to the Department of Agriculture and the National Meat Inspection Service, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Tuesday, March 3.

 

As a result of the outbreak, the city government ordered a two-week closure of its slaughterhouse and the culling of pigs.

 

The city's mayor, Nelson Legacion, also requested the city council to declare the city under a state of calamity.

 

Earlier the neighboring towns of Bombon and Calabanga also reported outbreaks of ASF, as a result of which a partial state of calamity was declared in the latter town. The provincial government of Camarines Sur had also placed the province under red alert due to the swine disease.

 

Meanwhile, in neighboring Albay province, south of Camarines Sur, the provincial government has banned the transport of live hogs from within a one-kilometre radius of the slaughterhouse in a village in Daraga town outside the designated zone after tests on samples from four butchered pigs turned out positive for ASF. The four pigs had been delivered from ASF-infected Bombon town in Camarines Sur.