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Depopulating hog industry in Quezon City looms amid discovery of dead pigs

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Brgy. Bagong Silangan, Quezon City might ‘de-populate’ their hog industry after three dead pigs were found floating in a river on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Quezon City Veterinary Office Chief Dr. Ana Maria Cabel said that they will cull the hogs in Brgy. Bagong Silangan if the tissue samples of the dead pigs test positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).

Cabel said that they need to implement the depopulation as part of the protocol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to confine the spread of the ASF Virus.

Brgy. Bagong Silangan is also in total lock-down to prevent the entry and exit of pork products.

Based on the records of the Quezon City Veterinary Office, 10,000 pigs are being raised by more than 1,000 backyard hog raisers in Bagong Silangan.

DA Sec. William Dar confirmed on Monday, Sept. 9, that 14 out of the 20 blood samples from dead pigs in three towns in Rizal and Batangas tested positive for ASF virus.

READ: Dead pigs in Philippines test positive for African swine fever

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