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·         Soldiers guard against ASF entry in Zamboanga City

·         Checkpoints intensified vs livestock entering the city

·         African swine fever kills hundreds of pigs in Bali



Soldiers guard against ASF entry in Zamboanga City


By: Julie S. Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao (Philippines)

February 05, 2020


ZAMBOANGA CITY –– Soldiers trained in combat are now mandated to spot and inspect vehicles carrying pigs infected with African swine fever (ASF).


“We are not trained just in fighting a war, our troops now are trained to ensure that no pork meat or hog with African swine fever enters Zamboanga City,” said Colonel John Divinagracia, commander of Joint Task Force Zamboanga.


Before this assignment, Divinagracia said he registered his personnel in a three-day training and tapped resource speakers from the City Veterinary Office, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Customs.


“We want to deploy knowledgeable troops, who know about this ASF and they are deployed in areas, entry points commonly used in bringing in hogs and pork meat in the city,” Divinagracia said.


City Veterinarian Mario Arriola said soldiers would work together with their inspectors and personnel.


“We have six districts all over the city, we really lack personnel, it’s a big help that soldiers are helping our field personnel,” Arriola said.


He is confident that soldiers are trained enough to fight ASF...


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Checkpoints intensified vs livestock entering the city


By Rhoda Grace Saron, Mindanao Times (Philippines) 

February 5, 2020


The Task Force Davao is working with the City Veterinarian’s Office to intensify monitoring of live hogs and pork products at the checkpoints.


Maj. Ronnel Legarde, the spokesperson of the Task Force Davao, said that since January this year, the three checkpoints on all entry points in the city have inspected 45,500 heads of swine. Of the total, 154 were turned back after the truck could not provide any documents.


“We are asking them their licenses from the office of the veterinarian, we will not allow meat to reach the city,” he said in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press briefing.


He said all livestock passing through the checkpoints will be subjected to quarantine...





African swine fever kills hundreds of pigs in Bali





Bali (Indonesia) (AFP) | Hundreds of pigs have died from African swine fever in Bali, authorities said Wednesday, marking the Indonesian holiday island's first recorded outbreak and after the virus claimed some 30,000 hogs in Sumatra.


Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana, Bali's agriculture and food security agency chief, said nearly 900 pigs succumbed to swine fever since mid-December.


"The results are positive for African swine fever," Ida told reporters, referring to tests performed on the dead animals.


The string of deaths had appeared to stop over the past week, Wisnuardhana said, adding Bali would go ahead with a pork festival on Friday in a bid to ease concerns over the outbreak.


The announcement comes after Indonesia said this week it would temporarily ban some livestock imports from China over fears about the coronavirus, which has killed almost 500 people in China, where it originated.


In December, Indonesian officials said tens of thousands of pigs died from African swine fever in North Sumatra province.


While Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation -- and eating pork is forbidden by the Koran -- the country also boasts a small Christian majority in North Sumatra and Bali is a Hindu island whose signature dish is roast pig...