Swine fever hits another Leyte town


Miriam Desacada, The Philippine Star

July 18, 2021


TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — A ban on the entry of hogs and pork products is in effect in Kananga, Leyte until July 28 after the Department of Agriculture regional animal disease diagnostic laboratory confirmed the town’s first case of African swine fever (ASF).


In an executive order, Mayor Matt Torres said pigs within the 500-meter radius in Sitio Sagkahan in Barangay Poblacion, where the swine disease was first detected, would be culled.


Torres said hog raisers and sellers should comply with the ban.


The municipal agricultural office (MAO) urged affected hog raisers to register to avail themselves of financial assistance from the DA regional office.


MAO head Carlito Torreon said hog raisers could visit his office near the Poblacion barangay hall for details on the government’s response to prevent the spread of ASF.


Kananga is the 33rd area in Leyte hit by the swine disease.


Early this month, Tabango town reported an outbreak of ASF.


Five of the six provinces in Eastern Visayas – Leyte, Southern Leyte, Western Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar – were affected. Biliran remains ASF-free.


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