ASF menace on second wave in Isabela

Published September 30, 2020, 10:57 AM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

ISABELA – The Isabela Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) has admitted that African swine fever (ASFP) has been spreading, and it on its second outbreak in the province.

According to a report, the Isabela PVO has been using the “blow torch” approach in pig farms to kill the virus, aside from the usual disinfection.

Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Angelo Naui said the second wave of the ASF outbreak in the province was unique because it has spread quickly, unlike before when they could easily control it.

Meanwhile, the Fifth Infantry Division (5th ID) joined the Isabela Provincial government in fighting the worsening threat of ASF in the province.

In the two weeks of sanitation activity in the province, a Blow Torch Team from the 5th ID assisted in disinfecting 2,066 infected pig pens in the 29 affected barangays in the municipalities of Reina Mercedes, Alicia, Ramon, Cordon, Cauayan City, Echague, Cabagan and Gamu. Other affected municipalities of Isabela will also be disinfected as scheduled by the provincial government.

 “Ito ay upang tumulong sa pagsasagawa ng disinfection sa mga lugar na apektado ng ASF sa lalawigan, at tutulong sa culling o pagbaon sa mga infected na baboy,” the 5th ID said in a statement.

As of September 28, the ASF has resulted in 6,271 being culled in Isabela.