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BAI reports that the supply of chicken meat and eggs is unaffected by avian flu.

MANILA, Philippines β€” The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) assured the public on Thursday that the supply of chicken meat and eggs will not be an issue as a result of the bird flu outbreak that has spread across the country.

BAI Director Reildrin Morales said in a teleradio interview that few illnesses were watched in select egg-laying chickens but that they were eventually resolved.

“Ang apektado po rito ay duck and quails, at hindi natin nakikita na magkakaroon tayo ng kumplikasyon sa itlog ng manok at dito sa karne ng manok, dahil technically speaking, wala pong tinatamaan pa na mga 42-day old ?”

When diseased birds have been culled or events have been thoroughly investigated, cases are declared closed, and affected farmers are compensated by the government.

According to Morales, the BAI pays PHP100 for every culled chicken or duck and PHP15 per quail.

Earlier, Agriculture Secretary William Dar told the public that the outbreak is being closely monitored and biosafety requirements are being properly followed to prevent it from spreading to other locations.

“Mayroon naman tayong pagtugon agad doon sa mga apektado et culled-out na at nabibigyan na rin ng ayuda ang mga naapektuhan @ nabibigyan na rin ng assistance ang mga naapektu So kami ay in tandem (We have a quick response to those who have been afflicted and those who have culled-out [ducks or quails]), we are providing assistance. We collaborate with local government units, including the Department of Health, kasi kailangan po iyong (necessary) relationship sa (to) human health ay matingnan on a constant basis. He added in a Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday, “Ito po ay (This is) well handled.”

To date, 45 cases of bird flu have been reported in the Philippines, the majority of which are limited to Central Luzon.

“‘Yun ang bird flu, hindi po siya ganun kalawak dahil tayo po ay avian influenza-free…” Although there is only one case or incident of bird flu, it is still reportable to the World Organization for Animal Health (The bird flu isn’t widespread since we were free of avian influenza, but even if there is only one case or incident of bird flu, it is still reportable). Morales stated, “We are compelled to report incidents to the World Organization for Animal Health).”

In Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Camarines Sur, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Tarlac, Sultan Kudarat, and Benguet, avian influenza H5N1 outbreaks have been reported in duck and quail farms.

The existence of migrating birds, who are considered natural hosts, has been blamed by the DA for the virus’s spread.

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