One week since the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) declared Jaen, Nueva Ecija free from avian influenza A (H5N6), the same subtype of the bird flu virus was recently detected in a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga.
To control the spread of the virus, BAI already ordered the culling of a total of 38,701 head of layers in the vicinity of the bird-flu hit farm in San Luis.
“Using the ‘one health approach’, the BAI, in tandem with the DA Central Luzon regional field office (DA-RFO3), provincial veterinary office (PVO) of Pampanga, and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Luis, quickly implemented integrated disease control measures to arrest the spread of A(H5N6),” DA said in a statement.
A(H5N6) is a subtype of the bird flu virus that can be passed from animals to humans.
Pampanga was the epicenter of the bird flu outbreak in the Philippines back in 2017.