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ASF spreads to a different town in Iloilo

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Four cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been reported in the San Miguel municipality, which has been declared in a state of emergency.

In a phone interview on Tuesday, San Miguel Mayor Marina Luz Gorriceta stated that Barangay San Jose had been identified as the ground zero and that all hogs within a 1 km radius would be quarantined.

Gorriceta stated, “We have created the.5 radius (kilometer), and they will be visited to put them through testing.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo signed Executive Order 460-A on Tuesday afternoon, extending the Red (infected) Zone in the province to include the municipalities of San Miguel and Oton in response to the alleged spread of ASF.

In and out of the two towns, it is forbidden to move live pigs, pork, pork products (fresh/frozen, uncooked processed pork products, excluding cooked and canned processed pork goods), and swine genetic materials.

Since there is only a creek between them, according to Gorriceta, they set up seven border controls as soon as the outbreak in Oton was detected.

The mayor only expressed the hope that after this, things will get better.

They also received calls from other barangays whose homeowners had purchased piglets from the Oton farm where the initial instances were reported, in addition to Barangay San Jose.

In San Miguel, there are 6,000–7,000 hogs.

According to their observation, 23 barangays in Oton have positive cases of ASF, according to Iloilo Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Darel Tabuada.

122 of the 331 samples sent to the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory were discovered to be ASF-positive.

He also urged regions in the Pink (buffer) Zone to tighten border controls in anticipation of the virus’s anticipated spread.

The Pink Zone is close to the Red Zone but does not contain any ASF instances.

Defensor also met with the mayors of the 43 local government units in the province on Tuesday morning and gave them an explanation of the procedures and rules for the transportation of pig and pork products that are outlined in Executive Order 460, which he issued on October 17.

“In accordance with such rules, commerce will continue. The municipal level will cascade it down to the neighborhood industry, he said.

For the zonal movement, the Department of Agriculture Administrative Circular 2, series of 2022, issued instructions.

Each family whose farm has been impacted by the depopulation will receive PHP20,000 in financial aid, consisting of PHP10,000 from the provincial government and PHP10,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

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