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The threat posed by the ASF in GenSan village has been neutralized.

The threat of African swine fever (ASF) has been contained in a community here, according to the city veterinary office (CVO).

Dr. Antonio Ephrem Marin, CVO chief, praised the combined efforts of city and village officials in Purok San Lorenzo, Barangay Apopong, to combat the threat of hog illness.

“Through the CVO, the municipal government has successfully contained the spread of the ASF virus in Purok San Lorenzo, and we are now preparing for repopulation procedures,” Marin stated.

The deaths of many hogs that began in the backyard of a buy-and-sell hog dealer horrified town residents on January 12.

Marin stated the ASF case in Purok San Lorenzo was confirmed on January 24 by a Department of Agriculture (DA) satellite laboratory in this city.

At least 508 hogs were slaughtered within a 500-meter radius of ground zero in the hamlet and surrounding regions as a preventative measure to prevent the virus from spreading.

Following the hog disease’s containment, Marin stated that stronger ASF checkpoints were established around the communities of Apopong, Tinagacan, Seguel, and San Jose.

He also stated that the CVO intends to restore ASF checkpoints in additional barangays in order to secure the city’s access points from the surrounding territories.

“Through barangay clusters, we also want to strengthen our surveillance against the ASF in slaughterhouses and backyard farms,” he said.

CVO staff, according to Marin, are constantly collecting random blood samples from backyard hogs processed in slaughterhouses and submitting them to the DA satellite laboratory for analysis.

He also stated that they are looking for unlabeled or authorized commodities in public markets, frozen meat shops, and other places selling pork products.

“Private farms are expected to submit samples every month in order to receive ASF-free certificates,” he explained.

Despite the ASF event in Apopong village, the city remains in the “green” zone, which means it is one of the few locations in the country that is free of hog disease.

This city is one of the country’s leading producers of live hogs, transporting at least 15,000 heads to Metro Manila and Luzon every two weeks.

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