By Jonas Reyes
GUIGUINTO, Bulacan – Barangay Pritil in this town remains under quarantine by the local government Thursday after blood tests on local pigs conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) turned positive for African swine fever (ASF) disease.
According to Mayor Ambrocio Cruz, since most of the residents in Barangay Pritil are engaged in swine raising, the LGU conducted a disinfection of the area and barred the entry of swine in the barangay.
To make sure that the ASF is completely eradicated, he ordered that the caretakers of the farms be also quarantined as additional safeguard. They are prohibited to leave the swine farm until clearance is given.
“We are strictly monitoring the hogs in the barangay for testing to determine when the area can be declared ASF-free,” Cruz said.
Voltaire Basinang, head of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said only the Bureau of Animal Industry can lift the quarantine order.
On the reported recent mysterious swine deaths in Barangay Panasahan in Malolos City, Basinang neither confirmed nor denied that the cause of death was ASF.
He also failed to reply to the inquiry if there is a positive report of ASF in Malolos City.