DA-13 on alert over ASF found in nearby Davao Oriental

Published January 19, 2021, 9:59 AM

by Philippine News Agency

BUTUAN CITY (PNA) – The Department of Agriculture in Caraga Region (DA-13) has raised an alert over the new cases of African swine fever (ASF) that have been reported in the Davao Oriental towns of Boston and Baganga.

The two towns, particularly Boston, are situated next to the Surigao del Sur town of Lingig.

In an advisory issued Monday, DA-13 called on Caraga residents to keep watch, and join the agency in keeping the region free from ASF.

“As a preventive measure, live pigs and meat products from infected areas are still prohibited from entering our region,” the DA-13 advisory said.

In November last year, an isolated ASF case was already recorded in Cortes, also in Surigao del Sur, although it was immediately contained.

No ASF cases were reported in the region after the effective containment of the isolated case in Surigao del Sur last year.

“We request our fellow Caraganons to help us protect our region from ASF by following biosecurity measures such as establishing foot baths in their piggeries, avoid swill feeding, do not buy processed meat products from affected areas, and report illegal selling of meat and meat products, especially from online sellers without veterinary certificate and shipping permits,” the DA-13 said.

The cause of the isolated ASF case in Surigao del Sur last year was due to the entry of contaminated processed pork products in the area.