Bird flu scare in Nueva Ecija prompts gov’t-led random testing
The bird flu scare in Nueva Ecija that led to voluntary culling of 40,000 birds has prompted the government to conduct a random test on the farms surrounding the affected area.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) will lead the random laboratory testing.
To be exact, at least 40,000 birds were said to be 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).
“The [Department of Agriculture] commends the farm owner and the local veterinary officials for their vigilance. While waiting for confirmatory tests, they took it upon themselves to act. This is the kind of spirit that we need. There is, therefore, no reason to be alarmed,” the DA chief said.
He also said the government will now implement the new protocols that were established to handle cases like this.