Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Friday confirmed that more cases of poultry deaths were reported in Nueva Ecjia, but authorities have yet to validate if the incident was caused by the avian flu.
"I am confirming there are reported cases of poultry deaths in Jaen and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija but we are still waiting for laboratory test results if it was due to bird flu," Piñol said in an interview on radio DZMM.
The test results are expected to be released either Friday afternoon or on Saturday, but the Department of Agriculture has already put up quarantine measures in Nueva Ecija, Piñol said.
All fowls within the 1-kilometer radius of the affected farms will be culled, while chickens, ducks, and other birds within the 7-kilometer radius are banned from being transported out of the province, he said.
The agriculture secretary said soldiers have been deployed to assist poultry farmers in Nueva Ecija.
Earlier this week, at least 600,000 fowls were culled in Pampanga in a bid to curb the spread of the avian flu.