June 29, 2021

Batangas becomes first ASF-free province in Philippines


Batangas, the Philippines, is the first province in the country to be cleared of African swine fever (ASF), according to the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITC-PH).


Lipa City and the municipalities of Rosario, Malvar, Taysan, San Jose and Nasugbu were certifed ASF-free zones by ITC-PH.


The first ASF case in Batangas was recorded in Laurel in February 2020.


The ITC-PH said challenges in the availability of test kits, facilities and laboratories were encountered as well as mobility restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic that evidently slowed down surveillance activities, investigations and repopulation.


- Philippine News Agency