MANILA - Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Wednesday appealed to the public to refrain from venturing into areas where pigs have contracted African Swine Fever (ASF) to prevent the spread of the disease.
"Doon tayo may problema kung pupunta sila doon at ikakalat nila 'yung virus sa mga sapatos nila," Dar said in an interview on DZMM.
(That's where we have a problem, if they go there and they spread the virus through their shoes.)
He warned that the virus could be easily spread by anyone who steps into areas where pigs were infected while the disease has yet to be eliminated.
"Ang hirap pong ma-control kung ganun po na ang daming bibisita sa lugar. They will really carry the virus po," he said.
(It's hard to control if many people will visit that place. They will really carry the virus.)
Government earlier confirmed ASF cases in Bulacan, Rizal and Quezon City.
Dar made the same appeal to members of the media who sometimes directly go to affected areas to report the situation there.
He said a 1-kilometer cordon has been established in ASF-affected areas and that these are being guarded.
"Kung puwede 'wag magpursige na papasok doon sa ground zero kasi undergoing depopulation, undergoing ng disinfection," he said.
(If possible, don't insist on going to ground zero because the depopulation and disinfection is ongoing.)
He said the incubation period for the virus is from 4 to 19 days.
"Huwag nating ikalat 'yung virus na nandyan sa ground zero," he said.
(Let us not spread the virus that's there at ground zero.)
The DA has been implementing the 1-7-10 protocol in areas where ASF have been identified.
This means culling all pigs within a 1-kilometer zone of infected piggeries and controlling the movement of live pigs within a 7-kilometer radius, as well as requiring strict monitoring within a 10-kilometer radius.
Meanwhile, Dar said new areas in Central Luzon have been identified with ASF. While he refused to name these areas, he said that the same protocol is currently being implemented.
He also requested hog raisers to increase their security measures.
"Kung may apektado o nagkakasakit na mga baboy, isangguni na nila lahat sa nearest veterinarians sa gobyerno. Tulong-tulong po tayong lahat," he said
(If there are affected or sick pigs, consult with the nearest government veterinarian. We should work together.)
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