50 pigs allegedly infected with cholera buried in Bulacan

By Carmela Reyes
Central Luzon Desk
Last updated 12:24pm (Mla time) 07/27/2007

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan — Swine — 44 piglets and 6 fatteners — and two dogs believed to have been infected by hog cholera and dumped into an irrigation canal of a village here more than a week ago, were retrieved and buried by local officials on Thursday, officials said Friday.


The decomposing carcasses were fished out of an irrigation canal of the National Irrigation Authority in Barangay (village) Tiaong here and buried three meters away from where they were found.


Officials of Tiaong Elementary School had reported the incident to Mayor Isagani Pascual on July 17 due to the foul smell emanating from the irrigation canal beside the school.


Felipe Bartolome, provincial veterinarian, appealed to hog raisers to properly dispose of their dead animals to stop the spread of hog cholera or swine flu.


He said the hog cholera was initially detected in backyard farms in three
towns but latest reports showed that some cases were detected in 12 of the 21 towns and three cities in Bulacan.


The cases had been reported in 43 villages in the 12 towns.


Bartolome said commercial farms in Bulacan remained unaffected by the virus.


Bartolome said Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) personnel found the hog cholera virus on a live sow that they took for laboratory testing recently.


Bulacan, one of the largest sources of pork in the country, has about 300 hog and swine farms, Bartolome said. About 80 percent are commercial farms while the rest are backyard farms.


Bulacan supplies most of the meat needs of Metro Manila and its nearby provinces.


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