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Fidel Nograles urges Montalban pig growers: Follow DA to stop swine disease

Aug 23, 2019 @ 19:45

Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles called on pig growers in Montalban Thursday to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the local government to prevent the spread of a still unidentified swine disease.

Nograles said pig growers should comply with DA protocols in place in three barangays in Montalban––Macabud, San Isidro, and San Jose––that have been quarantined because of reports of increasing number of hog deaths in the three localities.

“While the DA has yet to confirm the cause of these deaths, it is in the best interests of all hog farmers to strictly comply with DA-BAI directives regarding the matter,” he said.

DA implemented its “one-seven-ten” policy over the weekend as part of efforts to quarantine and depopulate the affected areas.

The “one-seven-ten” protocol requires all hogs within a one-kilometer radius be culled, while those in seven- and 10-kilometer radiuses will be strictly monitored.

Affected backyard swine growers have said their pigs showed loss of appetite, recumbency, vomiting, skin hemorrhage, dark discoloration in the extremities, and sudden death.

The DA-BAI said several diseases, including African Swine Fever or ASF, could be associated with the clinical signs. Results of tests conducted on affected animals will be available by two weeks at the Follow DA to stop swine disease

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