The City Veterinary Office is now conducting close monitoring regarding the possible entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the City of Koronadal. Such action prompted by the alarming proliferation of said swine killer disease in some areas of the country. As part of the safeguarding, the quarantine checkpoint was formally launched situated in all entry points of the city that include Barangay Concepcion, Morales, and Gen. Paulino Santos (GPS), except for the Barangay Paraiso because same measure has already been undertaken by the Provincial Veterinary Office at Banga, South Cotabato.
Relative to the preventive measure instigated, City Veterinarian Dr. Charlemagne Calo appealed to all meat vans, backyard raisers or hog farmers entering the city to prepare proper documents for inspection to avoid any inconvenience. He said two (2) livestock inspectors coming from their office together with the PNP personnel will oversee the checkpoint daily.
Despite the constriction, the city veterinarian assured that the city is still ASF free however, it is necessary to take some preventive action before it’s too late. Calo also enumerated further of ASF symptoms that involve high fever, decreased appetite, and weakness, red or blotchy skin lesions, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, difficulty in breathing and high mortality rate. However, regardless of the signs mentioned, the city veterinarian assured that pigs affected with ASF are still safe for human consumption.
Apart from quarantine checkpoint, the city veterinary office also conducted seminars for backyard raisers to strengthen knowledge regarding the said pig’s disease as well as mass disinfection. The ASF is a virus that caused the disease or death of pigs which until now remains incurable. The first outbreak of the ASF happened in Africa in 1907.