By Liezle Basa-Iñigo
PANGASINAN – Almost 6,000 pigs have been culled in areas reported to have been affected by African swine fever (ASF) in the province.
This was reported by the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVET) during the Lingguhang Talakayan sa Kapitolyo on Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. Jovito Tabarejos, provincial veterinarian, noted the quick spread of ASF in the province and said that they were expecting the number of infections to increase.
Affected areas were the municipalities of Sual, Aguilar, Lingayen, Binmaley, Basista, Bayambang, Labrador, Mangatarem, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Malasiqui, Mapandan, Bayambang, Mangaldan, and Asingan, as well as the cities of Dagupan, San Carlos, Urdaneta.
But Tabarejos was still optimistic that the province could contain the virus even if it were to spread quickly.
He cited what happened in Mapandan and Bayambang towns that were the first to be hit,” but have contained the virus from spreading last year.
On the other hand, 70 percent of the barangays in Binmaley town were already affected by ASF in an outbreak that started sometime in January.
Likewise, he reported that there were still some unscrupulous businessmen and farmers who have been illegally slaughtering their pigs despite the existing total ban of selling pork in the market.