DA to collect poultry sample

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) XI will conduct this week sample collection in poultry farms in some areas of the city following the avian flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga.

 In yesterday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw media forum at SM City Davao Annex, DA spokesperson Dannie Apello said they will conduct inspection in three areas designated by the City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO).

 The inspection and sample collection will be in Barangay Calinan Proper in Calinan District, Barangay Tamugan in Marilog District, and Barangay Tugbok in Tugbok District, all in the third district of the city.

 Apello said the collection of the poultry’s blood sampling will be done on Aug. 23, 30, and Sept. 4.

The DA coordinates with the CVO and the DA’s Veterinary Quarantine Service Office in the operations.

 Apello said the DA is continuously conducting surveillance on birds and fowls in their identified hotspot areas in the region, particularly in Braulio E. Dujali and Carmen in Davao del Norte, Malalag in Davao del Sur, and Banay-Banay and Lupon in Davao Oriental.

“There is no data of species of birds coming from other countries but there are sightings,” Apello said. “That is why there are hotspot areas because some of these migratory birds are sighted on those areas.”

 DA had issued a memorandum circular temporarily banning the transportation of chicken and by-products to Visayas and Mindanao.

 The memorandum also prevents the poultry products within the 1-kilometer zone of the infected area to be transported to other places.

 Apello said Davao region is allowed to transport products to Luzon because the region is free from avian flu infection.

 “Region XI is still free of bird flu infection. We don’t have confirmed cases of bird flu in the region,” he said.

 He added that the DA, in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) and the Veterinary Quarantine Services Office, is undertaking measures to prevent the entry of poultry products coming from the affected area in Luzon.

 The DA XI also conducted a meeting with the poultry growers in the city last week. It was agreed that if there are any symptoms or mortality suspected to be of bird flu infection, the poultry growers must immediately call the attention of the agriculture department or the nearest veterinary office.

 “If there are suspected cases, the very first to do is to let the DA know for us to know so that an investigation will be conducted and the area will be cordoned for possible treatment measures,” Apello said.

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