January 21, 2021
Philippines free of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu
The Philippines Department of Agriculture said the country is now free of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus, citing a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declaration, Reuters reported.
In a statement, the department said the Philippines is free from the last remaining H5N6 strain of bird flu after outbreaks in Pampanga province and a village in Rizal, near the capital region were resolved.
However, the department remains on alert as it maintains its temporary poultry import ban from France, South Korea, the Netherlands, and Poland, where H5N8 bird flu cases have been reported.
The Philippines is a major poultry importer globally, with chicken, pork and beef widely consumed.
Ronnie Domingo, director of the Bureau of Animal Industry under the agriculture department, said the affected farms in Pampanga and Rizal have showed no further presence of the H5N6 virus after 90 days following the completion of cleaning and disinfection in the affected farms.