MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported a confirmed case of bird flu or a highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain, specifically A(H5N6), at a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga.
Upon confirming the report, the department immediately sent a composite team of veterinarians and animal health officers to the area to apply emergency control measures to contain the spread of the bird disease.
The team also conducted disease surveillance around the infected farm.
“The team humanely culled a total of 38,701 head of layers and disposed off of them properly, employing the protocols under the Avian Influenza Protection Program of the Philippine Government,” DA-BAI Director Ronnie Domingo reported.
All personnel involved in the disease control measures were strictly monitored by the health office of San Luis, said Domingo.
Domingo has assured that there were no reports or detection of A(H5N6) among broilers, the primary source of poultry meat, in the area.
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