Avian pest controlled in Ilocos region
Agriculture officials have controlled the spread of the Newcastle Disease Virus (NCDV) in the Ilocos region, cutting down the number deaths of chickens using vaccines.
The Philippine Information Agency quoted Dr. Annie Bares, chief of the field operations division of DA-Region 1, as saying that thousands of doses of vaccines were distributed and administered by livestock technicians in the region.
Prior to the mass vaccination, at least 123,000 heads of chickens reportedly died due to NCDV or the Avian pest in Ilocos Norte and Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
In Ilocos Norte, the PIA said at least 20,114 chickens from 16 towns and cities died as of March 10, affecting 792 poultry raisers.
The Ilocos Norte Veterinary Office reported that the incidence of chicken deaths has been reduced although the situation is being monitored.
Ilocos Sur, where 38,000 chickens were estimated to have died in 20 towns and cities, the spread of NCDV was reported to have decreased.