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The first two cases of African swine fever in Bacolod City

Two positive cases of African swine fever (ASF) were confirmed in the country’s capital city of Negros Occidental on Friday, more than three years after the disease’s outbreak was first noted there.

Following the disclosure of the results from the analyzed blood samples of pigs from a home pig farm in Barangay Taculing, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez verified the development. He said, “We’ll step up testing.”

According to Benitez, the hogs originated in Bago City, which is nearby Bacolod.

The Fourth District of the province, including Bago, has experienced the highest number of swine mortality in recent weeks, primarily due to hog cholera. The mayor said, “Within a 500-meter radius of where the pigs died, I ordered the culling of pigs.”

The two pigs tested positive for ASF, quickly passed away, and were buried six feet underground.

The Department of Agriculture’s Western Visayas (DA-6) officer-in-charge, Regional Executive Director Jose Albert Barrogo, confirmed the ASF instances in this city on Friday afternoon.

“What Mayor Albee announced was based on the laboratory test we ran, and the outcome was positive. But the Manila Bureau of Animal Industry will still verify the outcome. He stated that Monday would still see the confirmation.

Barrogo suggested that Benitez convene the neighborhood task group, create a containment strategy to stop the disease’s spread and create a recovery strategy for the afflicted hog farmers.

Negros Occidental, which the Department of Agriculture considers ASF-free, is where Bacolod discovered the first instances of ASF.

Benitez attended a combined animal biosecurity meeting of the province’s Incident Management Team (IMT) on Friday afternoon with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson at the Command Center in this city.

Negros Occidental, which borders Negros Oriental and just last week reported its first swine mortality due to ASF, restricted the entry of all live pigs and pork products.

Lacson added that the hog cholera outbreak, which has already claimed the lives of over 6,000 pigs as of this week, poses a threat to the province’s $6 billion swine sector.

Hog cholera, in my opinion, poses a concern. It currently poses a serious threat. We must thus exercise caution, he warned the press.

According to figures released by Lacson on Thursday, swine illnesses, mostly hog cholera, have impacted 5.5% of the hog population in Negros Occidental.

According to the governor, the provincial government continuously tracks animal mortality through the IMT.

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