BAI clears poultry farms in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija from bird flu
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed that poultry farms in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija were finally free from bird flu since the outbreak began last Aug. 11.
The BAI issued certificate of avian influenza clearances to poultry farms in San Luis town, Pampanga province on Dec. 29 and to Jaen town, Nueva Ecija province on Jan. 7.
Barangay San Carlos in San Luis was the ground zero of the outbreak, where 1,600 sentinel chicks were grown in four farms and checked for the presence of bird flu virus and its strain.
But Dr. Augusto Baluyut, chief of the Pampanga veterinary office, said farms there have started loading ready-to-lay chickens since last week—proof that it’s now safe to resume operations.
In Jaen, poultry operators continue to take care of the sentinel quails, which are expected to lay eggs at 37 days.
In other towns in Nueva Ecija, sentinel growing is ongoing in San Isidro town while sentinel chicks will be introduced to Cabiao town on Jan. 30 according tot he BAI.
Following the release of the clearances, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol had announced a new set of protocols from the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries.
Under the new protocols, culling operations in affected farms will be limited, while surrounding farms will be subjected to random tests.
The agriculture department will also remove quarantine zones and control areas surrounding the bird flu infestation site.
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