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EV cities get tough vs ASF

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CV-CDO: Even frozen pork products can be carriers of the African swine fever.

Eastern Visayas (EV) cities which have the highest pork consumption in the region are strictly enforcing restrictions on the entry of pork products following the confirmation of African swine fever (ASF) in a Leyte town.

Tacloban City Veterinary Officer Eunice Alcantara said a ban is enforced against hogs and pork products coming from Abuyog town, the so-called ground zero of the ASF outbreak in Leyte and the entire Visayas.

The city government is studying the possibility of extending the ban to cover other Leyte towns in the eastern side where Abuyog is located.

The Department of Agriculture regional office reported that at least 400 heads of swine found in seven villages within a 500-meter radius of the affected farms have been culled.

In Ormoc City, there are also restrictions on the entry of pigs and pork products coming from Mindanao.

On Monday, some 140 hogs from Mindanao and reportedly bound for Manila were halted in the southern border of Ormoc due to border closure.

Ormoc City veterinarian Dr. Joseph Cortes said the truck carrying the hogs may already have the ASF even if they were subjected to disinfection and can spread disease while on the road.

“Ormoc City will get its pork supply from Cebu, Bohol and Negros Island which remained free from ASF,” he said.

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