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No salmonella outbreak in Sta. Rita, DA says

Tacloban City (February 2) -- The common denominator among the hogs affected with Salmonella in Sta. Rita, Samar, is that they are astray and live in unsanitary environment, Dr. Leo Mira of the Department of Agriculture in Region 8 informed.

Dr. Mira said such is the finding of the DA team who conducted an animal health mission to the affected areas in Sta. Rita last week.

There is no Salmonella outbreak in Sta. Rita, Dr. Mira said. He clarified that only 43 of the affected 430 affected hogs in the eleven barangays of Sta. Rita, died because of salmonella.

The number of hogs which died of Salmonella, is only about ten percent of the total number of hogs affected. An outbreak could only be declared if twenty percent of those affected died.

Most of those which died were astray pigs or live directly in dirty and unsanitary environment, Dr. Mira said. It was observed that hogs which are in pigpens with proper housing and proper nutrition were not affected.

It would be recalled that people are becoming alarmed because of the reported salmonella outbreak in Sta. Rita which may affect the other municipalities.

Dr. Mira informed that the mayors from the municipalities of Calbiga down to Basey, were to meet with the officials of the Department of Agriculture on Friday, January 29, in order to come up with proper policies and regulations in order to prevent the salmonella infection from affecting the other municipalities.

The Department of Agriculture is recommending to quarantine the area, thus, proper coordination with all concerned, is but proper and very necessary, Dr. Mira said.

The Salmonella strain that affected the hogs in Sta. Rita, is specific for pigs, Dr. Mira said.

He called on the hog farmers to report to the proper authorities, the Department of Agriculture and the municipal agriculture offices, any unusual unhealthy state of their hogs. Because Salmonella is a bacteria specie, those affected are curable with antibiotics.

The Department of Agriculture veterinarians have conducted injection of those hogs affected in Sta. Rita, Dr. Mira said. (PIA 8) [top]

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