BAI confirms African Swine Fever in QC

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019   •   742

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed on Friday (September 20) Mayor Joy Belmonte’s previous announcement on African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in two barangays in the city.

Out of the 45 blood samples from pigs in Barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas submitted to the BAI, 35 test results were returned and 21 of them tested positive for ASF.

Earlier today, Mayor Belmonte met with hog growers to discuss the planned culling operations in the affected areas.

Based on the protocol, all pigs within the one kilometer radius from ground zero or the site where the virus was first detected, shall be culled.

Belmonte assured hog growers that a budget of P10M for financial assistance will be allotted for ASF-affected areas in the city.

The amount of compensation for each pig culled will be P3,000.

Pag namatay ang iyong baboy, wala kayong makukuha tulong mula sa lungsod Quezon, (If your pigs died, you will not get anything from the city government),” Belmonte said.

Kung buhay pa ang iyong baboy at ilapit nyo na sa amin, kayo ay makakatanggap ng financial assistance sa bawat baboy ng P3,000 (If the hogs are still alive and you reported them to us, you will receive financial assistance from us amounting to P3,000 per live pig),” she added.

Based on reported statistics, there are about 2,000 hogs currently being bred in Barangay Payatas while Bagong Silangan has 900 pigs.

Mayor Belmonte noted, however, that they cannot determine the exact number of pigs being raised across the city given that the local government has already banned backyard hog raising.

The Mayor reiterated her warning against those who would attempt to conceal their infected pigs or try to dispose them irresponsibly.

“Kung itatapon niyo sa creek ay idedemanda ko kayo (If you dump them in creeks, I will sue you),” she warned.

“Kung itatakas niyo idedemanda ko kayo (If you try to bring them somewhere else, I will also sue you), the Mayor said. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Erratum: An earlier version of this article quoted Quezon City government’s earlier statement which said that out of the 45 blood samples from Barangay Payatas and Barangay Bagong Silangan sent to BAI, eight appeared positive for ASF.

QC gov’t seeks complete info from DOH for contact tracing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 7, 2020

The Quezon City local government has appealed to the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure complete information of all coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive individuals to hasten its contact tracing efforts.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the agency’s failure to provide complete information in some cases delays contact tracing by days.

Due to this, she said frontliners are forced to spend valuable time looking for the needed information from other possible sources including social media.

“The lack of available information from the outset, specifically addresses and contact numbers, amounting to half of all cases reported, delays contact tracing by days,” she said.

Belmote said 573 or 47% out of the 1,224 COVID-19 cases from Aug. 1 to 2 have no addresses or contact numbers, forcing the City Epidemiology and
Surveillance Unit (CESU) to label them as ‘unknown’.

“With that, we appeal to your good office as Secretary of Health to set the vision and direction in improving data quality for rapid contact tracing,” she added. -AAC

QC releases guidelines to speed up contact tracing in large companies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2020

The Quezon City Government has released the guidelines it has drafted to expedite contact tracing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in large companies.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said this is to further contain the virus and minimize the employee risk of infection and economic effects of COVID-19.

Based on the guidelines, an individual is considered a close contact if he or she had face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within one-meter distance, for more than 15 minutes and within a 14 day period from the confirmed case’s onset of symptoms.

Those in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should undergo a 14-day quarantine and should undertake the swab testing if he or she is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

“In either case, close contacts should not be allowed to report for work immediately upon identification as such, and should be required to self-isolate at home,” Belmonte said.

Companies are also mandated to require their employees to list down all usual close contacts, both inside and outside work, even prior to any confirmed or suspect COVID-19 case.

“Companies are also mandated to provide the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU), through qcsurveillance@quezoncity.gov.ph, with updates regarding confirmed cases and close contacts among the workforce,” the guidelines also stated. AAC

DA-BAI assures no broilers affected by bird flu in Pampanga

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported a confirmed case of bird flu or a highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain, specifically A(H5N6), at a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga.

Upon confirming the report, the department immediately sent a composite team of veterinarians and animal health officers to the area to apply emergency control measures to contain the spread of the bird disease. 

The team also conducted disease surveillance around the infected farm.

“The team humanely culled a total of 38,701 head of layers and disposed off of them properly, employing the protocols under the Avian Influenza Protection Program of the Philippine Government,” DA-BAI Director Ronnie Domingo reported.

All personnel involved in the disease control measures were strictly monitored by the health office of San Luis, said Domingo.

Domingo has assured that there were no reports or detection of A(H5N6) among broilers, the primary source of poultry meat, in the area.

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