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PIA Press Release
2008/02/15

Kalinga PVO addresses hog disease in Tabuk City

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 February) -- The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) is appealing to the public to be wary of the recent hog disease spreading in some barangays of Tabuk City, Kalinga.

In a press statement issued by Veterinary Officer Dr. Mariano Dunwan, based on observations, signs and symptoms, the surveillance team led by Dr. Danilo Acosta, Senior Agriculturist of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) gave a tentative diagnosis that infected pigs had mixed infection of hog cholera and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.

"We are still waiting for the lab results of the blood and tissue samples gathered by the team for analysis from the BAI, so we advise that hog raisers and consumers should take the necessary precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the disease in other parts of the province or even outside the province," he said.

To thwart the spread, the team recommended that total control of animal movement should be strictly observed.

"We greatly discourage the selling and slaughtering of pig until it is declared free. Backyard slaughtering in affected areas is not allowed," he said.

For dead animals, he said that these should be burned and buried while sick animals should not be sold or slaughtered.

Biodiversity he said must also be strictly implemented where strict quarantine should be applied to affected animals, and that owners should limit their movements and should disinfect premises and install foot bath near their pig pens.

"Pigs coming from infected region are not also allowed to enter the province unless later declared free. So to closely monitor the movement of animals coming and going out of the capital town, the City government in partnership with the OAS established quarantine checkpoints in the entry points of Tabuk City," he informed.

Dunwan said that the team also recommended the immediate creation of Disease Surveillance Team or Rapid Action Team to immediately look into similar problems in the future.

As recalled, the disease which hit the province in November last year has now affected the following barangays of Tabuk City, namely: Nasgueban, Appas; Bulanao Centro, Bulanao Norte, Dagupan West, San Juan, Agbannawag, Casigayan, Laya East and Magsaysay.

During the Swine Disease Occurrence Investigation conducted from February 4-5 in the abovementioned barangays, signs and symptoms observed among breeders ranged from coughing, sneezing, in appetence, fever, abortion and death.

For piglets signs are diarrhea and chilling, while the team observed sneezing, coughing, reddening of the body and ears and sudden death among growers or fatteners.

Other municipalities he advised should refrain from buying live pigs or pork from Tabuk City and bringing it to their municipality to avoid the possible transmission of the disease in their localities.

In a related interview, Agricultural Technologist Aracelie Reveche said that the consumption of infected pork could also be harmful to people, especially if the infected animal was injected just a few hours or days before it was slaughtered.

"The medicine or disease of the animal even if we could not observe any effect in human could be accumulated by the human body. For instance, the medicine given to a certain animal could also be absorbed by the body and could cause possible immunity to that drug," she explained.

She then advised that those slaughtering sick animals should take into consideration the innocent people who might be buying their products and likewise buyers or consumes should be aware of the possible effects of eating sick animals. (ggd/PIA Kalinga) [top]

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