At least 29 dead pigs were found floating along the shores of Oriental Mindoro.
Fourteen of the dead pigs were washed ashore in Naujan town while 15 were recovered in Pola, Alfredo Maclimot of the provincial veterinary office said.
Maclimot said tissue samples were taken to determine if the pigs died of African swine fever.He said, “We need to know what we are dealing with.”
Maclimot said the pig carcasses were disinfected and buried in areas far from communities.
Naujan Mayor Mark Marcos said they are verifying reports that the pigs were offloaded from a cargo ship that left from the Visayas.
He said, “Meron daw isang barko padating sa North Harbor sa Maynila at nagdeklara ng losses. Nagpa-panic ang mga tao. Alam niyo naman may pandemic tapos makakabalita ng ganito.”
The presence of dead swines raised concern from local backyard hog raisers in the province as there is still no confirmed case of ASF in the area.