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Kalinga PVET advises public of Avian Influenza outbreak



Tabuk City, Kalinga – The Office of the Provincial Veterinary Services – Kalinga issued on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 an advisory amid the Avian Influenza or bird flu outbreak to ensure protection of all kind of birds in the province.


Since its detection in February 2022 in United States, bird flu cases continue to surge in at least 17 states, making it the worst bird flu outbreak since 2015, reports the US Department of Agriculture.

Signed on March 7 this year, DA – Philippines through its Bureau of Animal Industry confirmed the first detection of Avian Influenza Type A Subtype H5N1 in duck and quail farms in Pampanga, thus releasing guidelines to ensure that potential spread through trade of susceptible population is mitigated.


“Iti Avian Influenza wennu bird flu ket maysa a seryoso a sakit dagiti billit, manok, pugo ken pato nga epekto ti virus. Mabalin daytoy a maka-alis ti tao,” explained PVET – Kalinga in its advisory.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the infected birds shed bird flu through their saliva, mucus and feces. Human infections with bird flu cases can happen when virus gets into a person’s eyes, nose or mouth, or is inhaled.


Sources of bird flu


The PVET stated that the bird flu may be acquired when exposed to contaminated birds, eggs, bird food and materials inside the cage.

Symptoms


When infected, birds will lose appetite, experience dehydration that may lead to their death.


“Panagbaba ken panagkapsot iti production ti itlog, panagsabali ti kulay iti tappingar dagiti taraken, panagbaba dagiti mata iti taraken, panagmutmuteg ken panag-uyek dagiti taraken, aggi-giddan nga pannakatay dagiti taraken nga manok,” added PVET.


Prevention


Though there is no cure for Avian Influenza yet, there are preventive measures that may be practiced by owners to prevent their livestock from getting infected with the flu.


The PVET finds the BIRDIE procedures effective. BIRDIE stands for Biosecurity and disinfection, Isolation and quarantine, Reporting and surveillance, Depopulation, Information, and Education.

“Kinanayun a dalusan iti kulungan ken saan a paserreken iti sabali nga animal, tao ken lugan iti manokan. Agdis-infect iti kulungan. Ireport iti kaasidegan nga opisina ti agriculture wennu veterinary no adu ti aggi-giddan nga matay a taraken,” PVET said.


For inquiries, you may visit the Provincial Office for Veterinary Services located at DA Compound, Block 3, Bulanao, Tabuk City or you may reach the office through their email, kalingaprovets@gmail.com; cell phone numbers 09206839255 or 09465621823; or through their Facebook page, PVET Kalinga.


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