No new ASF cases in Commonwealth and Tandang Sora, DA clarifies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10)— The Agriculture Department on Thursday said there are no new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Commonwealth and Tandang Sora areas in Quezon City.

Agriculture Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes made the clarification a day after authorities reported new validated cases in other parts of the city.

“We inadvertently misconstrued the report coming from Commonwealth but it should have been Pasong Tamo,” Reyes said.

He added the city veterinary office has yet to confirm if pigs in Tandang Sora have also been affected by the virus.

Apart from Pasong Tamo, areas in the city with ASF are Bagong Silangan, Payatas, and Tatalon.

READ: Man caught selling ‘ASF-infected’ pork in QC

The swine virus, which only affects pigs, quickly spreads in an infected hog and could lead to sudden death.

The ASF scare, which began early September, has prompted a number of cities and provinces to bar entry of live hogs and pork products from ASF-hit areas.

All of Luzon has been put under close monitoring following the reported cases of ASF in its provinces.

Data from the ASF Task Force revealed that about 12,000 hogs have already tested positive for ASF in the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Quezon City.

The current import ban on pork and pork products covers 16 countries hit by the deadly swine fever, namely Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa, Zambia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Latvia, Poland, Romania, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolia, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Carolyn Bonquin contribued to this report.