Another town in Eastern Visayas reports ASF case

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, February 25) — This city has reported a case of African Swine Fever, a local official has confirmed.

Angel Enriquez, regional executive director of Department of Agriculture - Eastern Visayas, met with Mayor Alfred Romualdez on Wednesday and presented the confirmatory result of the sample collected from Barangay 84 in Tacloban City.

However, she did not specify how many pigs were infected by the hog disease, but barangay chair Dexter Bahin noted that they have 17 backyard hog raisers in the community.

Bahin added that the possible source of the ASF virus was a private veterinarian who visited a piggery in their village. The virus cannot affect humans, but this can also spread through contaminating objects like farm equipment, vehicles, clothing, and feeds.

Prior to Tacloban City, cases were recorded in La Paz, Abuyog, McArthur, Javier, Burauen, Palo, Tanauan, and Pastrana.

Local officials also discussed containment measures to be implemented by the city government through the local veterinary office to contain the spread of the hog disease, which will include culling of hogs within a 500-meter radius from the infected zone and the payment to the culled hogs' owners.

Enriquez also urged local authorities to strengthen border control, investigation, and surveillance activities to protect ASF-free villages. The DA and City Veterinarian's Office are also set to visit the affected village for inspection.

Transporting of pork and live pigs coming from outside the city is currently prohibited resulting in supply problems. Some lechon sellers and meat shop stores in Tacloban are already affected by the disease outbreak, leaving them no choice but to temporarily close their business.

CNN Philippines' Tacloban correspondent Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.