By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) increased its biosecurity and information drive, in light of the recent outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, in Luzon.
PVO Animal Health and Meat Inspection head, Dr. Ryan Janoya, said poultry farm owners in the province should limit the entry of personnel and visitors to their farms.
“They need to strengthen their biosecurity, so, if possible, they should restrict outsiders from their farms for now,” he said.
Janoya said he has also received concerns from gamefowl breeders, claiming they could not ship their game fowl out of the province.
The PVO official suggested breeders avoid Metro Manila when shipping their goods.
“Let’s say the fowl is bound for Zamboanga, then they should avoid connecting through Manila because once it reaches there, definitely, it will be blocked,” he explained.
Exportation of game fowl is the second biggest industry in Negros Occidental, aside from sugarcane.
Earlier this month, the PVO was placed on high alert after the Department of Health (DOH) declared a bird flu outbreak in Luzon.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. urged the public to remain calm and vigilant amid the recent outbreak, and assured the public the province is free from the virus./WDJ