MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Sunday cautioned citizens to not kill or poach migratory wild birds that always fly in from China, the potential supply of the herpes virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation’s first outbreak of avian flu, to prevent worsening the problem.
There’s been no situation of human transmission however the virus motivated a cull of 200,000 fowl a week ago after it had been detected on the farm within the province of Pampanga, north from the capital Manila, and spread to 5 neighboring farms.
Migratory wild birds or smuggled ducks from China might have introduced within the virus, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has stated.
The bird migration season within the Philippines usually starts around September, using the wild birds coming back for their breeding grounds the next March, Mundita Lim, director from the Bio-diversity Management Bureau (BMB), stated within an advisory.
“The culling, poisoning or chasing of migratory wild birds is strongly frustrated because they have proven ineffective and counterproductive,” she added.
Sick or dead wild wild birds should immediately be reported towards the Department of Agriculture to permit checks for that virus, Lim stated, advocating breeders in areas frequented by migratory wild birds to protect their flocks against connection with them.
Early tests from the virus within the avian flu outbreak eliminated the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, but Philippine officials have searched for further testing by an Australian animal health laboratory that belongs to a worldwide network combating the condition.
The Philippines is monitoring the standard and costs of chicken products in the markets, but believes farm government bodies have were able to isolate and retain the virus, the presidential palace stated inside a statement.
Roy Cimatu, the secretary of atmosphere and natural sources, stated his department would step-up surveillance against efforts to smuggle wild wild birds by ocean and air.
Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz Editing by Clarence Fernandez