CITY OF MALOLOS – Strict monitoring and surveillance are being made on the swine industry in Bulacan as blood samples of a pig were found positive for the African Swine Fever (ASF) disease in Guiguinto town.
Voltaire Basinang, the provincial veterinarian of Bulacan, said the ASF presence in Bulacan was positively confirmed after Agriculture Sec. William Dar announced that a blood sample taken from a swine in Guiguinto town that was sent to the United Kingdom for laboratory tests yielded positive results for the disease.
On Thursday, Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando also ordered Basinang to investigate the mysterious deaths of several swine in the City of Malolos and the towns of San Miguel and Guiguinto.
Blood samples of the dead animals were sent to the Bureau of Animal Industry for analysis and determine the cause of its deaths, Basinang said.
As these developed, Basinang explained that the provincial veterinary office of Bulacan conducted strict monitoring and surveillance on the swine industry in Bulacan wherein blood sample are being taken from different piggeries in the province and have it analyzed by the Bureau of Animal Industry while backyard raisers are advised to stop feeding their swines with “kaning baboy.”
Different municipal and city officials in Bulacan are also tasked to conduct surveillance on their local swine industry if there are any deaths occurring among its livestock, Basinang added. (RONDA Balita Online News)