MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–Dr. Benjamin S. Resma, provincial veterinarian of Misamis Oriental, reported that a total of 1,237 hogs were already culled due to African Swine Fever (ASF), affecting some 342 farmers in the province.
Resma explained that the ASF is a highly contagious and deadly hemorrhagic viral disease that affects hogs regardless of sex and age, but not a threat to human health. “Humans, however, can be the carrier and can unknowingly spread the disease since the ASF can stick to clothes, shoes, and equipment,” he said.
According to Resma, one contributing factor identified that caused the spread of ASF was due to the lack of early detection because of the insufficient knowledge regarding the manifestation of the disease. “It is essential to enhance the recognition of the disease so that it can be eliminated at the earliest appearance in any area,” he stressed.
The clinical manifestations of ASF are high fever manifested as depression, loss of appetite, huddling together, rapid breathing, epistaxis, diarrhea, death in 2-10 days, reddish to purple blotches/discoloration of the skin and frothy blood-tinged nasal discharges.
“The disease attacks the respiratory system and may also cause pneumonia,” he stressed.
Resma is requesting everyone to notify the provincial veterinary office or the municipal agriculturist/veterinary office immediately upon spotting the signs of ASF to get the pigs tested. A laboratory test needs to be carried out to confirm the diagnosis of ASF because the drastic control measures are expensive and cause hardships to owners and government alike.
Currently, the province has recorded 14 barangays and 5 municipalities with positive cases of ASF while 32 barangays and 9 municipalities are now under active surveillance and disease investigation. The province is now also trying its best to protect the east side of Misamis Oriental from Tagoloan to Magsaysay towns since these municipalities reported no ASF cases yet. (JAKA/PIA10)