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‘Epicenter’ of avian flu virus in Pampanga enters 90-day waiting period

Sep 28, 2017 @ 7:54
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The farm in San Luis in Pampanga province where the avian outbreak allegedly started has now entered a “90-day waiting period” in order to declare it free from the virus.

According to the Bureau of Animal Industry Animal Health and Welfare Division (BAI-AHWD), the farm in San Luis finished its cleaning and disinfection last Thursday, Sept. 21.

The cleaning and disinfection has been delayed due to “natural problems”, like effects of the rainy season.

The 90-day waiting period has been adviced by the World Organization for Animal Health. The farm in Pampanga can only be declared bird flu-free if no new cases are reported within the period which begins after cleaning and disinfection.

“Maybe by December 20, we’re already done in Pampanga, we can already declare that it’s bird flu-free,” said Ronnie Domingo, officer-in-charge of BAI-AHWD.

Last month, the Department of Agriculture detected the Influenza A H5N6 virus strain, a virus that is transmittable to humans, in six poultry farms in San Luis in Pampanga.

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