Another QC barangay affected by African Swine Fever

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 04:06 PM

MANILA - Hogs from one more village in Quezon City tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF), the city's veterinary office said on Wednesday.

Quezon City Veterinary Office chief Ana Cabel said some pigs from Barangay Commonwealth were positive in the Bureau of Animal Industry's laboratory test. 

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte earlier said 3 villages--Barangays Tatalon, Tandang Sora, and Pasong Tamo--have been cleared of ASF.

Barangay Payatas, however, was still affected by ASF, with some 1,500 hogs still to be culled, she said.

More than 3,000 pigs have been culled in the city in a bid to stop the disease from spreading, which has been wreaking havoc in some parts of the country and also other parts of Asia.

Belmonte said one reason why the Quezon City government failed to immediately resolve the ASF problem was because it "underestimated" the number of pigs in the city.

“Therefore, it’s causing us some problem with regards to financial assistance,” she said.

Authorities have filed charges against an individual who attempted to sneak out and sell his hog, Belmonte added. --Report from Raya Capulong and Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News