PVET seeks cooperation of LGUs in battling African Swine Fever
LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 19 (PIA)- -The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) here is seeking the assistance and cooperation of the municipal local government units to monitor and help in the surveillance of the African Swine Fever (ASF) which continue to affect the swine industry in the province.
Agriculturist II Ferdinand Dunuan of the PVET said the ASF began in January 2020 and quietly spread in some municipalities affecting many piggeries and backyard farms even in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
As of the end of May 2020, the PVET recorded more than 1,600 pigs culled or depopulated and a total of 183 swine raisers affected.
There are five municipalities with ASF cases namely Asipulo, Banaue, Hingyon, Kiangan and Lagawe with Asipulo and Kiangan the most gravely affected.
Dunuan said they are doing their best effort to contain the spread of this disease but with limited manpower to monitor and address the problem in the province, they need the assistance and cooperation of all the eleven municipalities to monitor and help in the surveillance of the animal disease and report them to their office for prompt and appropriate action.
The ASF is a fatal animal disease that can wipe out the entire swine industry in the province with huge economic impact if the disease is widespread and not contained since like the COVID-19, it has no known cure and vaccine, hence prevention and containment is the only antidote, he said.
These include reporting to the veterinary services suspicious cases of dead or alive pigs; biosecurity measures in pig farms; quarantine; disease surveillance; rapid culling of infected pigs and proper disposal of all food waste coming from infected places. Also, do not eat or buy infected pork meat and their by-products.
The disease is caused by the organism DNA virus of the Asfaviridae family characterized by high fever loss of appetite, hemorrhages in the skin and internal organs and death in 2-10 days on average with mortality rate as high as 100%.
Other symptoms include redness of ears, abdomen and legs, vomiting and diarrhea and although they said that it is not a threat to human health or a food safety concern and cannot be transmitted to humans but humans can be carrier of the disease especially by transporting or eating contaminated pork meat and its by-products. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)