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Tests reveal no salmonella infection, DA says

Tacloban City (February 19) -- There is no Salmonella outbreak in Region 8, Dr. Leo Mira of the Department of Agriculture in Region 8, informed the Philippine Information Agency.

Dr. Mira said that the results of the laboratory examination on the specimen sent to the Philippine Animal Health Center at the Bureau of Animal Industry in Manila proved to be negative of Salmonella.

Dr. Mira was referring to the specimen from Tacloban and Babatngon where cases of pigs which are stricken with unidentified hog diseases were reported.

Dr. Mira said that there are possibilities that the hogs had hog cholera, but this has yet to be confirmed.

However, no matter what diseases will affect hogs in the Region, the public should immediately report to the local government veterinarians so that necessary measure could be taken, Dr. Mira said.

Never butcher hogs which are sick, Dr. Miras warned. This will only make the spread of the disease easier and wider. Also, the sick hogs must be isolated from the healthy ones.

The hog raisiers should always see to it that the environment where the swine are place, are sanitary and clean. Dr. Miras said that those affected were those in the backyard and not really those in piggeries.

The agriculture department has received reports of hog mortalities and early slaughtering from Babatngon, Tacloban City, Alangalang, Sta. Fe, Palo, Pastrana, Dagami, Burauen, Tabontabon, Lapaz, Mayorga, and Abuyog in Leyte; Sogod in Southern Leyte; Catbalogan, Calbiga, Daram, and Sta. Rita in Samar; and Lope de Vega in Northern Samar.

Agriculture officials in the region reported that hog diseases have spread to 18 towns and one city in Eastern Visayas this month and affected thousands of backyard hog raisers in the region.

DA regional executive director Leo Cañeda said that unrestricted slaughtering of sick animals has triggered the spread of swine diseases to new areas.

Already the pork vendors in Tacloban are complaining because there is a marked decrease in their sales because many consumers now refrain from buying pork for fear of Salmonella.

There is no salmonella outbreak yet, the Department of Agriculture stressed. (PIA 8) [top]

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