Central Cebu province is  experiencing an outbreak of African swine fever, the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed. 

The agriculture department added that it has already released response teams to determine the extent of infection.

The Bureau of Animal Industry said 58 out of 149 blood samples from Carcar City in Cebu yielded positive results for the disease.

“All swine raisers and stakeholders are encouraged to report any unusual pig mortalities and sickness to their respective agriculture/veterinary offices,” the bureau said in a statement.

The Philippines first detected the African swine fever in 2019, forcing the culling of thousands of pigs and reducing the domestic hog population.

Ronald Espartinez