ZAMBOANGA CITY – Hog mortality due to the African swine fever (ASF) continue to increase in this southern port city, the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet) said Monday.

Dr. Mario Arriola, OCVet chief, said there have been 3,868 mortalities after 690 additional deaths were recorded as of Sunday.

Arriola said the number of hog raisers affected by the ASF also climbed to 950 as 112 additional swine breeders were added to the list.

“A total of 894 hogs were also culled, with five added to the list of culled swine,” he said.

On the other hand, a total of 29 out of the city’s 98 barangays have been hit by ASF infections.

He noted that the district of Vitali has the highest mortality with 1,547 hogs. The area also has the highest number of affected hog raisers with 322 and the most number of culled swine at 277.

Arriola said they are conducting a nonstop census and geotagging to prevent the continued spread of ASF cases here. (PNA)