The Department of Agriculture 8, in a press statement signed by Regional Executive Directot Angel Enriquez, confirms the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Barangay Can-aporong, Abuyog, Leyte. This is the first ASF reported case in the province and the first ASF case in the Eastern Visayas Region.
The Municipal Agriculture Office of Abuyog, Leyte first received a report of unusual swine mortalities in backyard farms in Brgy. Can-aporong and Bunga, Abuyog, Leyte in the later part of December 2020.
The Provincial Veterinary Office of Leyte in coordination with DARFO VIII conducted a disease investigation and sample collection in the two (2) barangays on January 6, 2021. Samples collected were submitted to the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory VIII (RADDL VIII) which yielded positive results for four (4) out of seven (7) samples tested using ASF antigen detection rapid test.
Since the test conducted only serves as a screening test, ASF positive serum samples were sent to the BAI Animal Disease Diagnosis and Reference Laboratory (BAI-ADDRL) on 11 January 2021 for confirmatory testing using real-time PCR. Samples tested yielded a positive result for African Swine Fever virus. BAI-ADDRL reported the laboratory results on 12 January 2021.
Immediately, the DA RFO VIII coordinated with the local government unit through the Office of the Mayor, however, since the LGU recently imposed a localized lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a coordination meeting was scheduled on January 13, 2021.
The DA RFO VIII Quick Response Team also convened to finalize the ASF Action Plan of the region.
During the coordination meeting, with LGU Abuyog, it was agreed to immediately implement disease control measures such as depopulation and proper disposal of the affected hogs, inventory of hogs in the identified areas, enforcement of strong border control in the municipality and disease surveillance and sampling to include nearby barangays.
Disease control measures in the ASF affected areas are currently being conducted, DA said.
Moreover, three (3) local veterinary quarantine checkpoints in the boundaries of Abuyog, Leyte are now in place and manned by the Bureau of Animal Industry- Veterinary Quarantine Station Region 8 (BAI-VQS), Philippine National Police (PNP), Provincial Agriculture and Veterinary Office of Leyte and LGU Abuyog.
The DA RFO VIII assured that the government veterinary authorities quickly responded to all necessary procedures to contain the ASF case in Abuyog, Leyte.
The DA RFO VIII encourages the swine stakeholders in the area to report any unusual swine mortalities to the municipal/city, provincial veterinary offices. (PIA8)