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Tuesday, 16 November 2021 05:18

DA 12 distributes sentinel pigs in Glan to test if ASF still occurs

GLAN, Sarangani (November 16, 2021) – Dr. Bernard Cababat, OIC provincial veterinarian, conducts a brief orientation to some hog growers of Glan on the proper handling of sentinel pigs or those being monitored to find out if an infectious disease like ASF or other harmful agents are present in areas affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF). Along with the sentinel pigs, feeds and other veterinary products were also distributed on November 9 at the Red Building in Glan in an activity dubbed as “Babay ASF.” Cababat explained that the sentineling program will run for “40 days and then within that 40 days, kukunan pa ng mga blood samples ‘yung baboy. Hopefully then, by God’s grace, hindi na siya mag-occur ulit ‘yung virus.” According to Cababat after the 40-day trial, the collected samples will be sent to the Department of Agriculture (DA) Central office and “hopefully” Glan will be declared as “pink zone.” Pink zone serves as a buffer where ASF is not present but adjacent to an infected zone. It may also be an area previously infected but the ASF virus had not been detected for at least 90 days and had recovered from an infected status. The activity was conducted through the collaboration of DA 12 and the provincial and municipal governments of Sarangani and Glan. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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