Philip­pines to cull 200,000 fowl af­ter bird flu out­break

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol said he or­dered the culling of all fowl within a kilo­me­tre of six af­fected farms in north­ern Pam­panga prov­ince’s San Luis town.

The area has been de­clared a quar­an­tine zone with a sev­enkilo­me­tre sur­veil­lance area also es­tab­lished around the farms.

Pi­nol said he was in­formed Thurs­day that 37,000 birds have died from avian in­fluenza sub­type H5, which can cause ill­ness and deaths in both an­i­mals and hu­mans.

Ex­perts be­lieve the ducks to be the virus car­rier, he added. He said he has in­formed Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte, the De­part­ment of Health and will re­port the out­break to the World Or­ga­ni­za­tion for An­i­mal Health.

Pi­nol said farm­ers did not im­me­di­ately re­port the deaths, which spiked in July, be­cause they thought they were from or­di­nary poul­try dis­ease.


De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol, cen­tre, ges­tures dur­ing a news con­fer­ence on the con­fir­ma­tion of the first bird flu case in the coun­try.

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