MANILA - The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said about 12,000 pigs tested positive of the dreaded African swine fever (ASF) in multiple parts of Luzon.
"The DA Crisis Management Task Force on Swine has reported that about 12,000 head of swine tested positive of ASF in more than 20 barangays in Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Quezon City," DA said in a statement.
DA said they have received new reports of the disease in several barangays in Bulacan and Pampanga. They also confirmed that 3 other barangays in Quezon City have tested positive of ASF, namely Tatalon, Commonwealth, and Tandang Sora.
"We have deployed 100 additional staff to support laboratory operations, and airport and checkpoint inspections, as part our elevated response in ASF-affected areas," DA chief William Dar said.
Dar commended Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga and Quezon City for their efforts to contain the disease, which has been wreaking havoc across the country and also other parts of Asia.
While the disease is not transferrable to humans and other animals, ASF infects a swineherd. The disease has no known vaccine yet.
Buying and selling ASF-affected hogs are punishable by law.