Poultry sellers are now bracing for a possible hike in the prices of chicken following the outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian influenza sub-type H5 in San Luis, Pampanga.
According Mark Zambrano’s report on “24 Oras”, the Bureau of Animal Industry clarified that only layer farms or those supply eggs are affected by the virus.
“Commercial layers po. Sila po ang nagpo-produce ng table eggs natin,” Dr. Arlene Vytiaco from Bureau of Animal Industry said.
A vendor, nonetheless, expressed her concern over a surge in chicken prices.
“Eh di tataas po ang presyo ng manok, magiging matumal kami. Siyempre mauubos ‘yung mga manok, mauubos ang supply, tataas ang presyo ng manok.”
Broiler raisers are also preparing for the possible effects of avian flu.
According to the report, 200,000 chickens within the one-kilometer quarantine zone in San Luis will be culled and buried for three days, as Pampanga is put under a state of calamity.
In addition, a seven-kilometer controlled area will also be established outside the one-kilometer quarantine zone.
Sentinel animals will be deployed and observed after 21 days for possible infection of the virus.
The quarantine will last for 90 days.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said two possible causes of the virus are already being looked at by the DA.
“We are looking at 2 angles. According to our experts, there are only two posibilities na pwedeng makapasok nito. These farms are near candaba swamps na habitat ng migratory birds from China.”
“The other is, we’ve been receiving reports from peking duck rowers that in spite papalapit na yung ‘Ber’ months, wala pa din Chinese restos na nag oorder sa kanila ng peking duck. Ibig sabihin malakas ang smuggling ng peking duck. Lumulusot.”
The Department of Health clarified that so far, there are no reported cases of avian to human transmission in Pampanga.
“What the WHO calls Avian influenza in humans are usually H5N1 or H5N7,” Dr Celia Carlos from DOH said.
DA has already imposed a total import ban for all fowls from across Luzon to other parts of the country. —Jamil Joseph Santos/NB, GMA News