(SEPTEMBER 20, 2019) – Blood samples of pigs from two barangays in Quezon City have tested positive for African Swine Fever, Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Friday.
Laboratory results from Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) showed 8 out of 45 blood samples tested positive for the hog disease. The blood samples were taken from a pool of living and deceased pigs in the area.
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Speaking to residents in one barangay, Belmonte said the hog disease would not have spread if all hog raisers cooperated with city veterenarians: “Dito sa Brgy. Payatas di kayo nagre-report, mga pasaway kayo. Matagal na pag-uusap sa sakit na ito pero nilihim niyo. Kung di niyo nilihim, di aabot na kailangang patayin.”
The local government is still waiting for the results of 10 more blood samples.
In the meantime, hogs found within the one kilometer radius of the affected barangays will be culled. Belmonte said P10-million financial aid will be allotted for ASF affected areas in Quezon City, while P3,000 will be given to hog raisers for every hog culled. (Katrina Ventura/JMF)