By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. yesterday urged the public to remain calm and vigilant amid the recent outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, in Pampanga.
In a statement by the governor, he assured Negros Occidental is free from bird flu.
Marañon said the Department of Agriculture has already made the necessary precautions in order to stop the virus from spreading.
He noted, around 36,485 birds from the town of San Luis in Pampanga, which included quails, chickens, and ducks, were killed.
In addition, the Bureau of Animal Industry has also issued a memorandum banning the movement of live domestic poultry products from Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao.
In order to ensure the success of the memorandum, Marañon said he ordered various town and city mayors to support the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in the implementation of veterinary quarantine measures.
PVO head, Dr. Renante Decena, meanwhile, said poultry breeders should follow the necessary quarantine period in order to prevent contamination.
Earlier, Decena placed the PVO on high alert following the declaration of the outbreak.
The provincial official noted, quarantine stations have also been set up at various seaports across the province, as well as the airport, in order to stop the virus from spreading, while district veterinarians in the province are also regularly conducting rounds at various poultry and gamefowl farms in Negros Occidental to check for signs of the virus./WDJ