SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Ancient – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will send some 125 animal blood samples taken from farm animals from Sibalom Municipality in Antique to Metro Manila for testing for various diseases.
Dr. Marco Rafael Ardamil, head of the public health division of the Provincial Ancient Veterinary Office (ProVet), said the eight-man team from the DA’s regional office in the Western Visayas collected the poultry blood samples. and cattle from April 18 to 20.
“Blood samples were taken from the animals to find out if they had avian flu, ASF (African swine fever) and even foot-and-mouth disease (FMD),” he said.
To be sent for analysis, 80 blood samples from chickens and ducks for avian flu, 30 from pigs for African swine fever, 10 samples from goats and five from cows for foot-and-mouth disease.
Ardamil said Sibalom was chosen among the 18 municipalities because it has the highest number of poultry and farm animals in ancient times.
ProVet is also considering extending the temporary total entry ban on all live domestic and wild birds and poultry products and by-products, including meat, day-old chicks, eggs, semen and manure from all regions to Antique.
The ban is due to expire on April 29, as stipulated in Executive Order 23.
“Since there is still bird flu in some parts of the country, we could request the extension of OE 23,” Ardamil said.
Provincial Ordinance 2020-242 passed in December 2020 which prohibits the entry of pork food products from African Swine Fever affected areas into the country is still in effect.
Antique has been free of foot-and-mouth disease since 2007. (NAP)