2 people cleared of suspected bird flu infection

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 18, 2017

Lawyer Alejando Abesamis, the provincial administrator, said the suspected avian flu was detected after laboratory tests on samples from a layer farm in Barangay San Roque in San Isidro town and a farm that breeds quail in Barangay Imbunya in Jaen town.

The towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija province have confirmed cases of bird flu, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced on Friday, August 18. "The two had the B (virus)", Ubial said, adding that the two patients were however advised to continue taking the anti-viral medicine provided by the health department.

Pinol said last week that at least 38,000 chickens have died of the avian influenza Type A Subtype H5 in San Luis town in Pampanga province, also in Luzon.

Two poultry workers here on Wednesday denied reports that they contracted avian influenza commonly known as bird flu that hit this town.

"Quarantine teams were immediately established even before the laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus", he said. Tomas, Mayor Edgar Flores of Minalin and Mayor Danilo Baylon of Candaba earlier appealed for the review of the restricted poultry products since they are located outside the seven-kilometer radius control area. "Culling operations are ongoing for the other fowl in the one-kilometer radius".

He noted that those who have direct contact with infected birds, such as those who care, slaughter and dress chickens and clean their coop, and those who come near them are at risk of contracting avian flu. The province has 502,005 ducks, of which 4 percent or 22,000 were affected.

Meanwhile, Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr. of the Bureau of Animal Industry issued three memorandum circulars to address the avian influenza that has now hounded Pampanga.

There is halt of transport of poultry from Luzon to other parts of the country.

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