NegOcc’s preventive measures vs bird flu in place, says PVO

first_img“However, to further ensure the safety of our poultry industry,gamefowl raisers must avoid going to Luzon, particularly in Nueva Ecija,”Decena stressed. Necessary measures on preventing the entry of avian influenza are beingimplemented like regulating the movement of poultry products, he added. BACOLOD City – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of NegrosOccidental assured its poultry raisers that safety precautions are in place toprevent the entry of bird flu in the province. In 2017, the bird flu also struck farms in San Luis, Pampanga and the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija. A total of 12,000 quails from a farm in Jaen, Nueva Ecija have beenculled and buried on March 14. The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed that the avian influenza,under the highly pathogenic strain H5N6, infected a village in Nueva Ecija. Provincial veterinarian Dr. Renate Decenasaid on March 16 that Negros Occidental has a lesser chance of beingcontaminated of the virus since it does not source poultry products from theidentified affected area in Luzon. “We have surplus in supply of poultry products, including chicken, sothere’s no movement of such commodities from the affected place going to theprovince,” Decena said.Negros Occidental already established guidelines on how to safeguard its P7 billionlocal poultry industry. Secretary of Agriculture William Dar, for his part, said that quarantine protocols have been in place in the affected area with a one-kilometer radius, which is designated as a quarantine zone. Some seven kilometers beyond that, meanwhile, will be considered as a surveillance zone. According to the DA, there’s a slim chance that the virus can betransmitted to humans, adding that H5N6 is a virus far less deadly than H5N1. As part of these preventive measures, the PVO, along with the Bureau of Animal Industry, are set to conduct sample testing among birds in identified migratory sites in this province.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more