Experts from the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) veterinary medicine had been conducting swab tests on pigs in various parts of Bataan to determine the existence of African Swine Fever virus.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Alberto Venturina said the CLSU veterinary medical experts arrived in Bataan last week to conduct the swab test. “The swab testing had been conducted but it needs more confirmatory tests following detection of virus,” said Venturina.
The ASF virus has affected commercial and backyard hog raisers last year. But some hog raisers who were not affected by ASF in Limay, Mariveles and Orani towns continued to operate at a moderate volume. Since then, there has been limited supply of pork in the province prompting them to buy from sources other than local hog raisers.
Adversely affected hog raisers were indemnified by the Department of Agriculture at P5,000 per head.