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Another swine deaths reported in Malolos

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Some of the 21 swine that found dead and afflicted with a mysterious disease or allegedly African Swine Fever in Brgy. Santor on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Photos courtesy of Erwin Bunag)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Another 21 swine deaths were reported in Barangay Santor in this city on Wednesday.

Alejandro Roque, a backyard raiser from the said Village confirmed that in the past three days several of his livestock were afflicted with a mysterious disease and a total of 21 of these have already died, the latest on Wednesday where three of it that has an average weight of 60 kilograms have died.

“All the dead animals that have died were buried under six feet on the ground,” Roque said.

He added that as of Wednesday, another 10 of his animals have also shown signs of disease and added that personnel of the Department of Agriculture from Central Luzon has already taken blood samples of his livestock to determine whether these were afflicted with the African Swine Fever.

On the other hand, Santor Barangay Chairman Nelson Santos said that the deaths of the livestock of Roque were already reported to the city veterinarian of Malolos and that they have tied up with a local agricultural company to provide seminars on the proper way in raising their livestock to backyard raisers in their village.

It can be recalled that on Friday and Sunday, decomposing bodies of dead swines were discovered floating in the waterways of Barangay Tikay and Bulihan in this city, now at least 21 swines of a backyard raiser died in Barangay Santor also from this city.

Meanwhile, provincial, city and municipal veterinarians in Bulacan refer media inquiries to the Bureau of Animal Industry executive director Ronnie Domingo who in turn refer Bulacan mediamen to Department of Agriculture spokesman Noel Reyes but seems to be very busy to reply on the questions being asked of them.

Among the inquiries that were asked are what is the status of the results on the blood samples taken from the livestock that died in Barangay Panasahan, Tikay and Bulihan and if these have tested positive for the ASF virus.

Frederick Silverio, president of the Bulacan Press Club, lamented that mediamen in Bulacan are always being referred to officials of the Bureau of Animal Industry for inquiries on ASF status in Bulacan but always never been replied on their inquiries. PNA

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RAMON EFREN R. LAZARO of Bocaue, Bulacan was a former anchor and marketing director of Radyo Bulacan -- Ang Radyo ng Bawat Bulakenyo . He was also a former reporter of CLTV36 and Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc.. Graduated in Gregorio Araneta University Foundation in BS Agriculture and studied at Mapua Institute of Technology. He is presently a correspondent in Philippine Star and contributor at Mabuhay Newspaper in Bulacan. Currently the President of Philippines Science Journalist - Bulacan Chapter

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