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Bird flu outbreak: Culling of over 200,000 birds to be finished today | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture targets to finish culling more than 200,000 poultry heads today as part of the government’s precautionary measure following the first ever bird flu outbreak in the country.

 

The DA is now in the process of culling an estimated 200,000 poultry heads—chicken, ducks, quails, pigeons and fighting roosters—within the town of San Luis in Pampanga to avoid the spread of the virus.

 

Pampanga has been placed in a state of calamity since Friday.

 

“At most, we want to finish the depopulation not later than tomorrow [Monday]. We will be trying to exhaust all our efforts and resources to finish these until tomorrow. We have to understand that we are not only talking about captive birds, we have to cull those stray birds as well,” Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan said in a phone interview Sunday.

 

 

Last Friday, the DA confirmed the outbreak of avian influenza virus (bird flu), the first case for the country, in San Luis, Pampanga which killed close to 40,000 poultry heads and placed the province in a state of calamity.

 

Initial field report as to how many heads have been culled already is still under validation.

 

Cayanan said Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda is shouldering the daily labor cost for the culling process.

 

“She said we can hire as many as we need to fast track depopulation. She will also shoulder all identified logistics all throughout the depopulation period,” he added.

 

Test specimens confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype H5 in the town of San Agustin in San Luis, Pampanga, killing 37,000 birds covering six farms particularly poultry, quail and ducks.

 

According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, quarantine officers will disinfect all the six farms after all birds in the area have been culled.

 

“After 21 days, sentinel birds will be deployed in the affected farms to serve as the basis in…

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