Guiguinto village remains under quarantine for ASF

MEASURES VS ASF -- Provincial Veterinary Office visits some pig pens in Guiguinto, Bulacan. A village in Guiguinto remains under quarantine to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF). (Photo courtesy of Erwin Bunag)

Guiguinto, Bulacan – Barangay Pritil in this town is still under quarantine to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Mayor Ambrocio Cruz said “Wala nang pinapasok na mga baboy sa Barangay Pritil.”

He pointed out that all of the pig pens in the said barangay have been disinfected with chemicals and caretakers are also quarantined as additional safeguards and added that they have implemented strict quarantine in the village where a sample of the blood tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture tested positive for the ASF.

The mayor added that they are strictly monitoring the hogs in the barangay “for testing to determine when we can declare the area ASF free.”

A big number of residents in the said barangay are engaged in swine trading and to make sure the disease is completely eradicated, Cruz said all animal pens are disinfected with chemicals and ”caretakers are also quarantined as additional safeguards,” Cruz added.

On the other hand, Voltaire Basinang, provincial veterinarian of Bulacan, confirmed that so far Barangay Pritil in Guiguinto town was placed under quarantine and only the Bureau of Animal Industry can lift the quarantine order.

on the reported recent mysterious swine deaths in Barangay Panasahan in the City of Malolos, Basinang did not confirm nor deny if the disease that caused the deaths of the animals were due to ASF.

He did not also reply to the inquiry if there was a positive report of ASF in Malolos.

It can be recalled that Gov. Daniel Fernando ordered Basinang last Thursday to investigate the mysterious swine deaths in Malolos, Guiguinto and San Miguel towns. (RONDA Balita Online News)


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