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African swine fever incident confirmed in Masbate

By: - Reporter / @kocampoINQ
/ 12:16 PM February 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The African swine fever (ASF) has now reached the island province of Masbate after samples tested by the Department of Agriculture (DA) yielded a positive result for the virus.

In a document obtained by the Inquirer, the DA confirmed in a letter dated Feb. 9, 2021 that hog samples of organs and blood from the province tested positive for ASF. The letter was addressed to municipal mayor Arturo Virtucio.

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Masbate, a province in the Bicol region, has its own seaport, located in Masbate City.

It was in February last year when the region reported its first ASF outbreak in Camarines Sur.

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As of press time, details have yet to be provided by the agency.

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TAGS: African swine fever (ASF), Department of Agriculture (DA), Masbate, swine industry
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