July 30, 2020


Philippines reports bird flu outbreak, culls nearly 39,000 chicken


The Philippines said it had culled close to 39,000 chicken at a poultry farm in San Luis, Pampanga province after it detected bird flu at the farm, Reuters reported.


The country's Department of Agriculture's (DA) Bureau of Animal Industry said the H5N6 subtype of the influenza A virus was detected at the San Luis egg farm located north of Manila.


Veterinarians and animal health officers were dispatched to carry out emergency control measures. 38,701 poultry were culled.


The virus was previously detected in March at a quail farm in the Jaen municipality, Nueva Ecija province. 1,500 quails died from the virus and a further 12,000 were culled.


The DA said investigations found the cause to be migratory birds, adding that broilers were not affected by the bird flu outbreak.


-      Reuters