BAI confirms AI case in Nueva Ecija but wants to treat it as an isolated case
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has confirmed today the recent case of bird flu in a town in Nueva Ecija but it wants to treat it as an isolated case as to avoid a much bigger negative impact to the country’s entire poultry sector.
At least 40,000 birds have been reportedly culled in a poultry farm in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, by its owner after the latter suspected that they may have been hit by avian influenza (AI).
BAI said that with observed mortality in ready to lay chickens (paitluging manok) in Cabiao, the affected farm underwent screening test for bird flu and “several samples yielded positive results to the screening test”.
The initial findings were then discussed to the owner and the latter opted for immediate depopulation. The local government authorities assisted the farm in implementing the culling procedures.
“DA confirmed the presence of the disease after ensuring that movement control for live poultry and their by-products is in place and established,” BAI said.
However, no case of AI was reported in broiler chickens, which are meant for human consumption.
Because of this, BAI requested for the cooperation of everyone in protecting the poultry industry.
“The poultry sector specifically the farms that tested negative for bird flu has suffered a lot from the previous bird flu outbreak. These farms have not yet fully recovered from their losses,” BAI said.
“The Bureau is also assuring the public that AI surveillance activities are on-going in accordance with the AIPP Manual of Procedures and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines,” it added.