Issue of September 10, 2017
     
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Task force on avian flu discuss prevention, control methods
by Ayra Galanza

The regional avian influenza task force convened last Sept. 6 for a follow-up meeting regarding avian influenza that recently affected poultry farms in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

Department of Agriculture-CAR Regulatory Division Chief Anthony Bantog reported that 667,184 heads were culled in San Luis, Pampanga and Jaen and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. He said P29 million was released as government’s compensation for the culled poultries in the clear-up operations.

Bantog also said samples from the dead poultry reported in Ifugao, Kalinga, and Baguio were collected and submitted to the Animal Disease Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory for confirmation.

Florena Pedro of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division reported a decrease in the prices of poultry products compared to before the avian influenza outbreak.

The lifting on the ban on the movement of live birds, poultry products including poultry meat, eggs and other products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao and the ban on the movement of poultry and poultry products in the 7-km. avian influenza control zone was also discussed.

Regional Veterinary Quarantine Officer Delfina Layagan said even with the lifting of the ban, control measures are still in place. Poultry testing, veterinary health certificates and shipping permits are required before shipment.

Dr. Ofelia Ducayag of the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory gave a background on the protocols on procuring, labeling, packaging, and transporting samples.

Poultry critical areas and the criteria to determine it was tackled by Dr. Kevin Luna, Veterinarian I of DA-CAR. Protocols in identifying, reporting, monitoring, and tasking were also discussed.

Finally, a draft of the avian influenza regional contingency plan was echoed by Dr. Leisley Deligen, Veterinarian III of DA-CAR. Suggestions from the group were considered.

All agencies and stakeholders present at the meeting verbalized their commitments to the avian influenza prevention and control program.


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