Philip­pines to cull 400,000 birds

New Straits Times - - World -

The Philip­pines plans to cull 400,000 chick­ens, quails and ducks af­ter con­firm­ing the coun­try’s first out­break of bird flu, Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol said yes­ter­day. The avian flu out­break was de­tected at a farm in a town in Pam­panga prov­ince, north of the cap­i­tal here, which later spread to neigh­bour­ing farms. There had been no case of human trans­mis­sion so far, Pi­nol said. “We will cull 400,000 birds within a 1km ra­dius. We don’t want dis­eases to spread,” Pi­nol said.

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