By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite—The African Swine Fever (ASF) that has infected at least three barangays (villages) in this capital city early this month had been contained with the one-seven-10 protocol action that was implemented in the area, the City Veterinary Office said on Thursday, November 21.
City Veterinarian Maribel A. Depayco assured that the hog-killing virus had been restrained in the barangays namely Malagasang II-D, E and F with the culling and other measures that had been enforced on Nov. 11 and 12 under the protocol.
“It (the ASF virus) had been contained, we are sure, with the one-seven-10 kilometer-radius (protocol) actions, including the hog blood-testing and cleaning and other disinfection measures that was made in the turf,” Depayco told this reporter in an interview at the City Public Information Office (PIO) at the City Hall on Thursday noon.
“The blood-tested hogs in the seven- kilometer-radius area from the three Malagasang barangays were found to be ASF-free and no longer susceptible to the virus,” Depayco said.
The blood-testing was conducted after all the hogs numbering 552 in backyard farms within the one-kilometer radius from the three barangays had been culled.
Depayco said that the pigs in the yard farms of Malagasang II-F, not I-F as reported earlier, II-D and E had to be culled under the one-kilometer-radius protocol.
Under the protocol, the one-kilometer-radius area calls for culling, seven-kilometer, the mandatory surveillance and blood-testing and 10-kilometer, also stern monitoring and other actions.
“We can now say that the ASF (virus) in Imus—particularly Malagasang and nearby areas—had been contained with the actions taken and the measures in place,” Depayco said.
The local Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials said that they are also looking into the ASF situation in Imus.
The DILG had asked the Veterinary Office to submit the latest report about the ASF in the city and the actions and preventive measures taken in the area.
The provincial government and the Department of Agriculture (DA) said earlier that the ASF-infection was first reported in some barangays in Dasmariñas City in October.
The ASF-infection was also reported lately in two barangays in neighboring Bacoor City and one barangay in General Trias City.
The hog-raising groups in Cavite said that the sale of live hogs, chopped pork and other pork products have dropped by 50 percent since the ASF-infection alarm was reported.
The Department of Health and the other concerned authorities said that the ASF affects only the hogs and not the consuming people.