The national government has imposed a temporary ban on the movement of live domestic and wild birds and their products from Luzon, including Palawan, to the Visayas and Mindanao, as a precautionary measure in the wake of a birdflu outbreak in Pampanga.
Veterinary authorities in Palawan are urging the public to immediately report any unusual death of domestic fowls and migratory birds amidst the outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, in poultry farms in Pampanga.
Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) chief Dr. Pio Lledo said they have recently received a memorandum circular from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) that temporarily bans the movement of live domestic and wild birds and their products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao.
The dispatch, which was received by the PVO Friday morning, was signed by Enrico Garzon Jr., Assistant Secretary for Livestock, OIC Director of BAI.
“We urge the public to immediately report to us any peculiar death of domestic fowls, even the death of migratory or wild birds, especially if they happen near poultry farms for us to be able to respond quickly to prevent the spread of the flu caused by viruses adapted to birds,” Lledo said.
The provincial veterinarian said the memorandum circular is also imposing the ban on the movement of poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs, semen, and manure that might be affected by the fowl plague.
“Although there is no bird flu in Palawan, the ban is going to be imposed all over the province just the same to prevent its spread,” he said.
The temporary ban will take effect until such time no new cases are reported 21 days after the depopulation of affected areas in Pampanga.
Lledo explained that Palawan’s trade link is Manila, where most domestic fowl supplies come from, and Coron, where the supplies normally make a stop before reaching the capital.
“We’ve already communicated with our quarantine inspectors to be vigilant against the entry of any that is covered by the memorandum circular from BAI,” he furthered.
Mayor Lucilo Bayron called a meeting with city officials on Friday to identify possible actions against the spread of the bird virus in Puerto Princesa.
Bird flu or avian flu is a highly contagious viral disease of both domestic and wild birds, the PVO chief said, explaining additionally it is caused by the Orthomyxovirus that occasionally affects mammals, including humans.
Its two categories are low pathogenic (LPAI) that causes zero-to-few clinical signs, and high pathogenic (HPAI) that can result to high mortality and severe clinical signs.
Contamination can be spread through eggs that affect chicks in incubator, feeds, water, equipment and clothing, and direct contact with infected bird feces or secretions. Clinically, normal waterfowls and seabirds may introduce the virus into flocks.
Common symptoms of the bird flu severe depression and inappetence, drastic decline in egg production, swollen and bluish combs and wattles, dehydration, severe congestion of musculature, severe congestion of conjunctiva, and excessive mucus exudate in tracheal lumen among others.
Lledo said reports can be made to 09208543119, 09951329339, 09189171407, and 092873634454.