MANILA — The Department of Agriculture on Saturday began culling fowls in San Luis, Pampanga where the country's first bird flu outbreak was recorded.
About 10,000 to 12,000 birds were culled in one of the poultry farms in Barangay San Carlos.
Security was tight around the farm, with department personnel carrying sacks, personal protective equipment, masks and disinfectants. A backhoe was also used by authorities.
Agriculture officials said they follow a stringent culling process. About 20 to 25 fowls were placed in one sack and sprayed with carbon monoxide before burying them at least 6 feet below the ground.
Fowls from about 8 poultry farms in the town will be culled in the next 3 days.
Checkpoints have been positioned in the town to ensure that no bird will be moved out to control the virus.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Friday said about 37,000 fowls have died of the Avian Influenza Type A Subtype H5 in San Luis.
A quarantine area covering a radius of 1 kilometer within San Luis town has been implemented, while another controlled area within a 7-kilometer radius has been declared.
Governor Lilia Pineda has also placed the entire province of Pampanga under a state of calamity due to the outbreak.