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PH may be bird flu-free later than expected

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has pushed its target for the Philippines to regain its bird flu-free status a month later than its initial goal amid some delays faced in disinfecting farms.

BAI’s Animal Health and Welfare Division Chief Aryln Vytiaco said provincial veterinarians in Central Luzon were not able to complete the cleaning and disinfection of a farm struck by bird flu in Cabiao before Christmas, as initially scheduled.

“The critical part here is the last day of cleaning and disinfection. [Provincial veterinarians] were not able to achieve it before Christmas, so they said they would finish it before the New Year,” Vytiaco was quoted in a news report.

“Probably, the earliest would be the first week of April,” she said when asked about the earliest possible date for the country can be bird-flu free again.

A country that has been affected by bird flu may be pronounced as free from the disease if no outbreak occurs within 90 days after the last day of disinfection.


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