Tacloban City — The Regional Office 8 of Department of Agriculture activated its Regional Avian Influenza Protection Program Task Force to conduct surveillance and monitoring activities as well as monitoring of prices of poultry commodities.
According to the DA’s Assistant Director for Operations, Dr. Andrew Orais, this was in reaction to the outbreak of avian flu also known as bird-flu in Pampanga, which is under a state of calamity because of the outbreak.
He also announced that there is a temporary ban of movement and transfer of live domestic and wild birds and their products and by-products from Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Also, they are closely coordinating with the Veterinary Quarantine personnel.
To date, there is no report of bird to human contamination. The Malacañang urges the public to remain calm but be extra vigilant.
The affected farms within the seven-kilometer radius in Barangay San Luis, Pampanga is under heightened surveillance for flu-like symptoms.
Orias also said that the agency is conducting series of meetings with regional veterinarians and getting updates as well as instructions from the regional office.
Recently, the Regional Advisory Committee on Animal Disease Control and Emergency (RAC-ADCE) gathered to talk about the activities based on avian influenza protection program.