DAVAO DEL NORTE, Feb 13 (PIA)- African Swine Fever (ASF) has yet to find its way to Davao del Norte which has beefed up its defenses and has heightened its surveillance and monitoring.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renato Embate this morning revealed that the blood samples taken from swine in the Municipality of Braulio E. Dujali tested NEGATIVE of ASF per information relayed yesterday afternoon by the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture (DA) XI.
With this feedback from DA XI, Dr. Embate brushed aside public suspicion that ASF case has already entered Davao del Norte which borders lies adjacent to Davao City.
"We won't hide from the public confirmed case, if there is any," he told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Davao del Norte.
Along with staff veterinarian, Dr. Shirley Sanico, Dr. Embate went his way to Braulio E. Dujali last Saturday in response to reported case of death of a swine. He said blood samples were taken and submitted to DA XI for testing Sunday.
In a separate interview, Sanico explained that the blood samples were taken from four other pigs which were part of the backyard-raised drove from which one died, "to test the spread of infection".
"We visited the pigs as part of our monitoring and surveillance, and they're healthy," Sanico said referring to those from which the blood samples were taken.
Sanico was the one who administered the actual blood sampling that was forwarded to DA XI for confirmatory testing on ASF.
Responding to further query, Sanico said no other case of swine death followed among the batch of pigs tested.
On the other hand, Dr. Embate belied circulating text messages that an ASF case was noted in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas. He said his office had not received reports regarding this.
Sanico also told PIA that she had not done blood sampling in Sto. Tomas but only in Braulio E. Dujali but "that was found negative of ASF per feedback of DA Animal Diagnostic Center". (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron Abangan)