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Bird flu hits farm in Callagdao, Tabuk City

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Bird flu or the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) subtype H5N1 which, according to agriculture department, can cause severe clinical signs and has been also recorded to affect humans, has been detected in Callagdao, Tabuk City, Kalinga earlier this month.

The latest confirmed cases, said Provincial Veterinarian Leo Damian, were listed on April 14. Affected birds, ducks and chickens were depopulated or culled within 1-kilometer radius from the infected premise to control the spread of the disease.

“No definite report as to number of affected but it came from one farm,” disclosed Damian.

In a related report, the Veterinarian of Department of Agriculture – Cordillera, Dr. Shilem Copez said the cases in the city might have been caused by migratory birds and since such birds are difficult to address, the agency is asking for the public to follow biosecurity measures.

Avoid contact with poultry that appear ill or have died, instead isolate the pet and when other pets suffer the same, immediately inform or report the incident to the nearest agriculture or veterinary office.

“Han kuma nga gumat-gatang kadagiti karne iti han ngay nga established nga paggatangan… diay awan permit na,” added Copez in her interview with PTV-Cordillera.

With the recent cases, 23 barangays in the eight municipalities, including the city of Kalinga and Benguet have so far listed Avian influenza cases, while the rest of the provinces in the region remains bird flu-free.

To recall, the then Kalinga Governor Ferdinand Tubban issued on April 18, 2022 Executive Order No. 22, temporarily banning the entry of poultry products from areas with reported cases of Avian influenza and imposing requirements for the entry or movement of live domestic and wild birds and their products from other regions.


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