Days after it announced that avian influenza A was eliminated in Nueva Ecija, the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry confirmed the detection of the virus in an egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga.
The DA said it detected a highly-pathogenic avian influenza strain, specifically A(H5N6), in San Luis. The confirmation of bird flu incidence in Pampanga came almost a week after the agency declared the fowl disease had been eliminated in Barangay Ulanin-Pitak, Jaen, Nueva Ecija —where the first outbreak was reported.
The DA, together with the “provincial veterinary office of Pampanga, and the Local Government Unit of San Luis —quickly implemented integrated disease control measures to arrest the spread.”
DA-BAI Director Ronnie Domingo said, “The team humanely culled a total of 38,701 head of layers and disposed of them properly, employing the protocols under the Avian Influenza Protection Program.”