Region 2 free of swine fever virus


By Leander C. Domingo, The Manila Times (Philippines)

October 08, 2019


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: With three provinces banning the entry of swine in Cagayan Valley (Region 2), the Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured the public that the region will be safe from the spread of the dreaded African swine fever (ASF) virus.


The provinces of Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya have already declared a total ban on the entry of pigs, including fresh, frozen and processed products in the three provinces.


Narciso Edillo, DA Regional executive director, has assured that all entry and exit points are well-guarded to ensure that no products coming from ASF-carrier neighboring regions will enter Region 2.


“We continually [adopted] precautionary measures that included the regular collection of hogs blood samples from different areas in the Cagayan Valley region to ensure that we are still unaffected,” Edillo said.


He allayed fears, saying the virus is not transferable to humans, but warned hog raisers and those who engage in the pork business that the effect of the virus is destructive to the hog industry, as well as to corn farmers and producers.


Edillo said there were agriculture offices in every province or municipality in the region, and urged hog owners and raisers to immediately report if there are any ASF-related symptoms detected.


DA officials explained that the ASF-related symptoms are high fever, depression, anorexia and loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin (or redness of skin on ears, abdomen and legs), abortion in pregnant sows, cyanosis, vomiting, diarrhea and death within six to 20 days...