A robust partnership was furtherencouraged with the private sector in an effort to uphold Negros Occidental asan ASF-free province. Personnel of the Negros Occidental Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force puts up posters at the Bacolod-Silay Aiport as part of its intensified move against the highly-contagious pig disease. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PROVINCIAL ASF TASK FORCE Through distribution of information,education and communication materials, disinfectants, and equipment to various quarantinestations, the task force aims to ward off breach of the dreaded pig disease. Negros Occidental is the number oneproducer of backyard swine in the Philippines. “This shows that all stakeholders inswine industry are united and strongly support the preventive measures implementedby the Provincial ASF Task Force against the entry of the disease,” theProvincial Veterinary Office said in a statement. The provincial government, on the otherhand, urged the public to remain calm, vigilant and cooperative with theauthorities amidst the threat of ASF. Signs of illness among pigs include highfever, decreased appetite, and weakness. The skin may be reddened, blotchy, orhave blackened lesions, especially on the ears, tail, and lower legs./PN According to the Depart of Agriculture, ASFis a fatal animal disease affecting pigs and wild boars with up to 100 percentcase fatality rate. This viral disease only affects pigs and not humans. BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental ProvincialAfrican Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force has intensified its information drive andprecautionary measures. There has been no report of suspectedASF cases in the province amid the heightened disease surveillance.