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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