June 1, 2021

ASF cases confirmed in Eastern Samar, Philippines



The provincial veterinary office in Eastern Samar, the Philippines, confirmed on May 27 reports of African swine fever (ASF) in three barangays in Dolores town, the first reported cases in the province.


Melanie Osita, the ASF provincial focal person, said confirmed cases were reported in Barangays 14, 15 and Japitan of Dolores town.


"We have received on (May 20) the confirmatory diagnosis result for the tests, confirming the presence of ASF virus in six samples from the town of Dolores," Osita said.


The veterinary office, the office of the municipal agriculturist of Dolores and the local ASF task force are currently implementing the rapid response protocol to contain the outbreak.


It was learned that the veterinary office received a report from Dolores on May 11 about a case of a pig that died due to difficult farrowing or delivery of a piglet.


The veterinary office immediately sought assistance from the Department of Agriculture regional office to conduct a test.


Culling was conducted already in Japitan village, affecting 10 pigs while geotagging is ongoing in the other two villages.


"We are asking for everyone's cooperation. Please avoid buying pork products from the affected areas, avoid swill feeding and regularly clean your pig pens," Osita added.


The provincial government has intensified the border checkpoint, enforcing the executive order of Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone for the total ban on entry of live hogs and pork products from Luzon, Mindanao, Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte.


ASF checkpoints are located in the towns of Lawaan, Guiuan, Arteche, Taft and Oras.


In Eastern Visayas region, ASF infections have been reported in the provinces of Leyte, Northern Samar and Samar.


- Philippine News Agency