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Naga City council declares state of calamity after pigs in 2 villages turn ASF-positive

LEGAZPI CITY—The Naga City council has declared a state of calamity in the city after pigs from two villages tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).

The council passed a resolution which would unlock the local government’s calamity fund for use in financial aid to backyard hog raisers who are to lose their pigs to culling.

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On Sunday (March 1), the Department of Agriculture and National Meat Inspection Service confirmed that organ samples from pigs at two villages—Pacol and Cararayan—were positive for ASF, a disease deadly for pigs but doesn’t affect humans.

Pigs inside a 1-kilometer radius of the infected villages had been culled to prevent the spread of the virus.

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