July 17, 2008


Philippines issues ban on bird flu-infected countries

Poultry and poultry products from Arkansas, Haiti and UK have been banned from entering the Philippines after bird flu cases have been confirmed in the said areas.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) disclosed that Office International des Epizzoties (OIE) or the Animal Health Organization confirmed that bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Arkansas, Washington County affecting broiler chickens.
UK chief veterinary, Dr. Nigel Gibbens, also reported the occurrence of bird flu in a laying poultry farm in Shenington, Oxfordshire, England.

Max Millien, the director of the Haitian of Agriculture of Haiti, informed OIE of the presence of a low pathogenic strain of the disease in poultry, turkey and fighting cocks in Centre, Carca La source, Nord, Cap Haitian and Sud, Miragoane in Haiti.


Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said that the ban on said birds and poultry products from affected countries, and other emergency measures are necessary to protect human health and the PHP60-billion poultry industry in the Philippines.

US$1 = PHP45.245 as of July 17, 2008

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