DOH and DA make contrasting statements regarding avian flu
The Departmen of Health (DOH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have come up with two contrasting statements regarding the human contraction of the avian flu virus outbreak in Pampanga.
Health Secretary has cautioned people of the possible contraction of the flu.
“Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing; wash hands often; take plenty water and juices. Have enough rest and sleep. Do not go near wild birds or go to farms with fowl,” Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.
She also said that she fears the possible outbreak on humans given that there is no immunity on the virus.
“What we fear is outbreak if humans are affected because of no previous immunity from this type of virus, it can quickly spread,” Ubial said.
This comes into direct contrast with the statements made by Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel Pinol and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), with both stating that the strain found in poultry, a pathogenic type A, subtype H5, is not contractible by humans.
The BAI has sent a sample of the strain to a laboratory in Australia where they are testing for the presence of H5N6, which is contractible by humans.
The DA is currently in the process of culling over 200,000 poultry heads which is expected to finish within the next few days. This is to be followed by the disinfection of the six farms hit by the avian flu virus conducted by quarantine officers.