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DOH warns public vs bird flu

12 August 2017, 08:58 | Rodolfo Wallace

DOH warns public vs bird flu

Philippines bird flu

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public yesterday to observe proper sanitation when preparing and cooking poultry as bird flu virus infected hundreds of thousands of fowls in Pampanga.

The Philippines will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first avian flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported, officials said Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, assured the public that the government is closely monitoring the situation in Pampanga.

The price of chicken in the Balintawak market has gone down to P120 per kilo, from around P140 to P150 prior to the reported bird flu outbreak.

The Philippines on Friday reported its first outbreak of bird flu and would cull almost half a million birds to contain the disease, an official said.

"We ask our people to remain calm yet vigilant".

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Piñol said Pampanga has been placed under a state calamity after the outbreak affected six poultry farms in San Luis town.

Abella said the DA is now coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct avian flu and containment activities, including flu vaccinations and protective equipment for poultry handlers and reponders.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol did not hesitate to announce the outbreak when he addressed the Luzon Mango Stakeholders Forum at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen on Friday based on the confirmation made by by an Avian Flu Monitoring Task Force from his office.

Abella advised residents near the affected areas showing symptoms of flu to immediately go to their local health center or nearest thospital for laboratory tests.

Heightened surveillance for flu-like syndromes is now also instituted in Pampanga within a seven-kilometer radius of the affected farms.

He assured the public, however, that "properly cooked chicken meat and eggs remain safe to eat" as the virus can only be transmitted through respiratory routes.

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