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Northern Samar intensifies its anti-swine fever measures.

Northern Samar is stepping up its efforts to contain African swine fever (ASF), which has spread to new parts of the province this week.

In a phone interview on Thursday, Northern Samar provincial information officer John Allen Berbon said that the inclusion of Catubig town on the list of areas with ASF infection has alarmed local authorities, prompting a discussion of strategies on how to control or prevent the spread of ASF in their respective towns.

“The office of the provincial veterinarian has made several recommendations, including stringent enforcement of biosecurity measures in communities and at border checkpoints, as well as surveillance of live pigs and pork products in all municipalities,” Berbon said.

As of January 27, the new illnesses in Catubig town had increased the overall number of towns infected to eight, with 37 settlements, 374 hog raisers, and 801 animals.

The provincial veterinary office’s current strategies include training barangay (village) biosecurity officers for rapid surveillance and monitoring, as well as the distribution of information materials.

Border control is also carried out by local government bodies, which set up roadblocks in strategic locations.

In March 2021, Lope De Vega became the first town in Northern Samar to be recognized as having an ASF case.

Mondragon, Catarman, Pambujan, Bobon, Las Navas, and Silvino Lubos were all hit by the sickness last year.

Governor Edwin Ongchuan supports the initiatives of the concerned local offices and regional agencies to address the ASF dangers, according to provincial board member Albert Lucero, the chairperson of the committee on agricultural and food security.

“For ASF programs, the provincial government has set out PHP3 million.” In a statement, Lucero stated, “A draft ordinance on ASF is now in its final phases and is currently being examined by the provincial legal office.”

ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral illness of domestic and wild pigs that causes substantial economic and production losses, according to the World Organization for Animal Health. It has a case fatality rate of up to 100%.

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