MANILA- Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda has declared a state of calamity in the entire province due to a bird flu outbreak in one of its towns, the first in the Philippines.
Pineda made the declaration after a strain of the virus was confirmed in San Luis town, affecting mostly layer poultry farms which produce table eggs, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday.
"Gov. Pineda declared a state of calamity for the whole province," he said in a press briefing.
Around 37,000 fowls, mostly quail and ducks, have died of the Avian Influenza Type A Subtype H5 in recent months. Six farms in Barangays San Carlos and Santa Rita in San Luis, Pampanga were affected by the outbreak, Piñol said.
Around 200,000 fowls within the 1-km radius quarantine area of San Luis town will be culled in the next 3 days to control the outbreak.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has also ordered a ban on the transport of poultry from Luzon to other parts of the country until further notice.