Philippines reports first avian flu outbreak, to cull 400,000 wild birds

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines reported its first outbreak of bird flu on Friday and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol stated 400,000 wild birds is going to be culled to retain the spread from the chicken disease.

There’s been no situation of human transmission to date, Pinol told reporters. The avian flu outbreak was detected inside a farm inside a town in Pampanga province, north from the capital Manila.

“We’ll cull all 400,000 wild birds inside the one-kilometer area. We do not want illnesses to spread,” Pinol stated.

Reporting by Manolo Serapio Junior. and Enrico dela Cruz Editing by Amrutha Gayathri

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