Governor Amado I. Espino III bared in a media interview that as of October 7, all towns within the seven-kilometer radius from Barangay Baloling, Mapandan tested negative for African Swine Fever.
“Safe na po ang probinsya. Isa ring proof na safe na talaga dahil nag-random testing at walang lumabas na positive sa ASF,” said Gov. Espino, who earlier delivered a speech during the opening ceremonies of the Provincial Security Summit held at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center on October 7.
Following the 1-7-10 protocol, some hogs from the towns and cities within the seven kilometer radius, namely: Mangaldan, Manaoag, Urdaneta, San Jacinto, Laoac, Pozurrobio, and the rest of Mapandan are under surveillance, hogs were randomly tested and came out negative.
Strict monitoring of pigs in Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, San Fabian, Malasiqui, and Dagupan which covers the 10-kilometer radius is also observed.
It can be noted that on September 26, 71 hogs were confiscated and culled in Brgy Baloling after the blood samples of 30 of 60 hogs tested positive for ASF. Consequently, the culling operation on the swines within the one-kilometer radius of the ground zero followed on September 30.
Hogs from a suspected farm in Pozurrobio tested by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan also came out negative.
Governor Espino also assured that all the entry checkpoints to the province will still be utilized as long as there are recorded cases of ASF in the country.
Asst. Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tabajeros also discussed during the Security Summit the current situation of Pangasinan after the confirmed ASF case in the province.
Dr. Tabajeros said that high fever, decrease in appetite, and blotchy skin lesions are some early warning signs that hogs are infected by ASF.
“ASF is undercontrol,” said Dr. Tabajeros noting the strategies and contingency plan by the Provincial Government in controlling the ASF case in the province.
This contingency plan includes the banning of pork imports, avoiding swill feeding, blocking of swine entry in the province, educating the people, and submitting laboratory samples to the responsible offices.
It was also clarified that the ASF is not transferable to humans but, it is a viral disease that causes 100% mortality rate of affected swine.
/Paula Jhea Sison