By News Desk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up to a report of African swine fever (ASF) in Leyte, Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported three more towns in Leyte- Tanauan, Palo, and MacArthur – have confirmed ASF cases.

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“To prevent the further spread of ASF virus, we have been asking local governments to implement strict border control, ensuring that no live hogs will be transported by land or by sea,” DA Regional Executive Director Angel Enriquez said.

Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said the province is eyeing to establish safe zones where raisers can continue their hog production despite the presence of the virus.

Leyte is the first province in the Visayas to record a confirmed ASF infection in Abuyog.

Pigs affected by ASF usually manifest high fever, distinct reddish areas on the skin of the neck, chest, and extremities, plus bleeding of internal organs that could lead to death within two to 10 days.

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