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Border control remains, but Cebu City ASF is contained.

The African swine fever (ASF) virus has been eradicated in this nation’s capital, but the city veterinarian announced on Thursday that border restrictions against unregistered hogs and pork meat will remain in place.

Two days after the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) revealed the results of blood samples on March 20, Dr. Jessica Maribojoc, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fishery Office, said that the city was able to restrict the further spread of the virus through the culling of infected pigs.

Based on the results of the blood collection, we were able to mobilize our team to respond to the reported ASF infection, Maribojoc said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

She said that 11 communities designated as “hot spots” as a result of the occurrence of symptoms and fatalities had blood samples taken.

Of the 11 places designated as hot spots, ASF was found in a few pigs in a backyard farm in “just one barangay,” therefore culling was carried out to stop the virus from spreading.

Maribojoc explained why color-coded zoning is no longer applicable in the city: “We have to justify to BAI based on the definition of infected areas under Administrative Circular 2 that an area is a red zone if there is an ASF outbreak and the virus has spread in other barangays within 15 days.”

Maribojoc continued, “The city complies with Mayor Michael Rama’s executive order on the border checkpoints to keep undocumented live hogs and pork meat from the capital, despite the fact that the city continues to be a “green zone” under the National Zoning and Movement Plan for the Prevention and Control of ASF.

This happened as the province’s live hog border restrictions were abolished by governor Gwendolyn Garcia on March 21 despite BAI’s revelation of their testing results, which identified five locations as having illnesses.

The weekly cattle auction and commerce in Mantalongon began on Thursday as a result of the relaxation of border controls, according to Pablo John Garcia IV, the mayor of Barili town, who spoke to the PNA.

The largest livestock market in Cebu is Mantalogon, where buyers and sellers of pigs, cattle, fowl, and goats congregate every Thursday from all around Cebu and other provinces in Central Visayas.

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