Transporting of pigs still restricted

The Davao City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) has reiterated that transporting of pigs to and from Davao City is still restricted until further advice.

This despite the depopulation of pigs in Barangays Dominga and Lamanan in Calinan District, Davao City where there is a reported outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) was already completed on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

“We continue to enjoin everyone to cooperate to contain the disease. The consuming public is assured that meat that passed through proper inspection procedures in slaughterhouses are safe to eat,” said Dr. Cerelyn Pinili, city veterinarian.   

The culling of pigs has been terminated after four days starting Saturday and as of Tuesday, a total of 2,343 were culled by the CVO and 536 hog raisers were indemnified.

The Incident Command Post of the ASF TF stationed at Brgy. Lacson was likewise demobilized at 5:00 p.m., February 11, 2020, as ordered by the Incident Commander.

Pinili said all personnel, vehicles and other logistics involved in the culling operations are observing a downtime of three days, which means personnel are not allowed to visit other barangays to prevent incursion of the disease in other areas. 

Vehicles and other equipment used during the operation shall be cleaned and disinfected daily for the next three days.

“The two barangays will continue with decontamination and disinfection activities by individual hog raisers daily for 30 days. If possible, no pigs will be reared anymore. In case repopulation is considered, rearing will be allowed after 90 days provided that all infected materials were disposed properly and thorough disinfection has been properly conducted,” Pinili said.

She added that the affected barangays through their barangay officials will conduct monitoring in their area and see to it that proper disinfection in their areas is followed and that no pigs are reared before the 90-day rest period.

“All entry and exit points will be manned by the barangay concern to carry out disinfection of vehicles that pass through its area of responsibility,” she said.

Pinili added that disease surveillance of areas within the seven-kilometer radius of the two affected barangays continues. Also the rest of the barangays in the city will also be monitored through mandatory disease reporting by the barangays.

A meeting with the barangay captains of the areas covered by the 1-7-10 kilometer radius of the ASF affected barangays has been set on Thursday, February 13, to inform them of the current ASF situation in Davao Region and advise them to conduct mandatory disease reporting in their areas of responsibility.

The 1-7-10 protocol means that in a one-kilometer radius from the site of infection or ground zero, hogs will be prohibited from entering or leaving the area, and the site is to eventually be depopulated. In a seven-kilometer radius, hogs would be under surveillance with restricted movements, and blood testing would be done. For the 10-kilometer radius from ground zero, mandatory monitoring and reporting of swine disease occurrences shall be implemented.