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ASF Detected in Bohol: Nearly 60 Hogs Test Positive


Almost 60 hogs in Dauis, Bohol have tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF), according to Bohol City Governor Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado. In an interview with GMA News on Monday morning, Aumentado confirmed 57 cases of ASF in the town of Dauis, with the affected hogs recorded in the following barangays:

  • Mayacabac
  • Biking
  • Mariveles

Here are some of the details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Emergency Response

In response to the outbreak, Governor Aumentado issued an Executive Order (EO) prohibiting the transit of live hogs, meat, and other pork-related products from Panglao Island, which encompasses the towns of Dauis and Panglao, into mainland Bohol. The ban is set to last until May 18, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

The governor underscored the province’s commitment to securing food security and protecting its swine industry, valued at P6 billion. He stated, “The provincial government remains committed to being active and vigilant in protecting the livestock and poultry industry to secure food security in the province, including the P6 billion swine industry, against all forms of contagious and viral diseases.”

Intensified Monitoring and Cooperation

To prevent further spread of the disease, the provincial government has stepped up its disease monitoring and surveillance efforts. Aumentado urged all Boholanos to cooperate with the protocols outlined in the EO, stressing the importance of community support in curbing the outbreak.

“The province has also intensified its disease monitoring and surveillance to prevent the possible disease from spreading to other mainland areas and encourages all Boholanos to cooperate with the protocols as mandated in the EO,” he added.

ASF is a highly contagious viral disease that affects pigs and has no known cure or vaccine. Although it does not pose a risk to human health, it can devastate swine populations and severely impact the pork industry. The ban on pork-related products and the increased surveillance are aim at containing the outbreak and protecting the local swine industry from further damage.

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