Netizens greet #birdflu outbreak with panic and jokes on social media
#birdflu became a trending topic in the Philippines over the weekend after an avian flu outbreak was confirmed in Pampanga.
Most of the netizens expressed alarm and said they will steer clear of eating chicken until the outbreak is cleared.
Almost bought fried chicken for lunch. Thank you, Lord iniwas mo kami! #birdflu
— Lara Cabuang-Improgo (@laraimprogo) August 13, 2017
I’m going to miss you, Chicken 😢 #BirdFlu
— Dan Aleido (@DANaleido) August 12, 2017
Bye bye chickenjoy… For now. #birdflu
— Belle (@_therealbelle) August 13, 2017
Some want to play it safe and are steering clear of eggs, a poultry by-product as well.
— Kat Guevarra (@KATastrophe03) August 13, 2017
Others chose to make jokes, which is a truly Pinoy way of dealing with issues.
Dear girls and boys: Ingat muna at umiwas sa birds. May avian influenza (#birdflu) outbreak. 😇
— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) August 13, 2017
While others want to clear out misconceptions to prevent mass panic and the spread of wrong information.
The Department of Health has since issued an infographic on how avian flu is transmitted along with the means to keep safe from the virus so the public would be aware of how to protect themselves from contracting the disease.
The Department of Agriculture also released its own advisory on bird flu and included the hotlines in which farmers and the general public could report cases of possible outbreak. (ANGEL ONG)
— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) August 12, 2017