By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) yesterday assured local residents avian influenza, or bird flu, cannot be transmitted to humans by eating chicken or other poultry products.
PHO head, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, explained the virus has two classes, highly pathogenic and mild pathogenic; and humans are vulnerable if exposed to the excrement of chicken or other fowl.
He added, it is impossible for the virus to be transmitted by eating poultry meat, as the virus dies when the meat is cooked thoroughly.
Tumimbang said the cases recorded in Pampanga have a low possibility of being transmitted to humans, although it still has the capability of becoming fatal if not treated immediately.
He added, those culling the chickens, however, are the ones in danger of contracting the virus.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. urged the public to remain calm and vigilant amid the recent outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, in Pampanga.
Marañon assured the public Negros Occidental is free from the virus and necessary precautions have been put in place in order for the virus not to reach the province./WDJ