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PIA Press Release
2009/02/12

DA 8 issues advisory to prevent spread of animal diseases

Tacloban City (February 12) -- The Regional Advisory Committee on Animal Disease Control and Emergency recently issued a Quarantine Advisory in order to prevent the spread of animal diseases.

Department of Agriculture Region 8 Regional Executive Director Leo Caneda who signed the advisory said that control and preventive measures must be strictly enforced in view of the reported cases of "Salmonella Infection in Pigs" in the region.

Director Caneda called on the general public to immediately report to the nearest Municipal, City or Provincial Veterinary Office, Bureau of Animal Industry or any person or office in authority, any occurrence of possible occurrence of any sick animals.

Appropriate samples must be submitted to the Municipal, City or Provincial Veterinary Office or directly to the Regional Animal Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory for prompt examination, testing and confirmation of the animal disease.

The animal must be submitted to treatment. As necessary, massive treatment of active cases must be administered, to include provisions of injection of antibiotics and vitamins, prophylaxis and support therapy to sick animals.

The advisory also called for implementation of bio-security and regulatory measures such as regulating the movement or transfer or transport of infected stocks to other areas; isolating the sick animals form the healthy ones; banning the slaughter of sick animals; cleaning up and disinfecting thoroughly infected areas; and putting up check points in strategic places.

The concerned team was also directed to sustain the information drive, surveillance and monitoring of the disease situation until the infection has been effectively contained. The information drive will focus on proper treatment and disease avoidance and control measures.

Director Caneda confirmed the salmonella infection in hogs at eight out of 38 barangays of Sta. Rita, Samar. About 772 hogs were sick and slaughtered upon showing signs of the disease and 84 mortalities were recorded.

Samples submitted and taken from the field cases were examined by RADDL and PHAC. Both confirmed positive to Salmonellosis and negative for Hog Cholera.

However, other viral diseases are also being tested and screened for their presence. Antibiotic treatment and prophylactic dosing are still on-going in the field. (PIA 8) [top]

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