Agri dept starts disinfecting Pampanga poultry farms

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2017 06:26 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2017 06:59 PM

The Department of Agriculture is set to spray disinfectants in at least 29 farms in Pampanga in a bid to rid the area of the avian flu that left thousands of fowls in the province dead, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Saturday.

Bio-security teams will disinfect farms as soon as the culling of 600,000 chickens, quails, and ducks In San Luis is completed, Piñol said in a statment posted on his official Facebook page.

Farms will remain barren for 21 days before the government sends "sentinel birds" that will determine if a farm is already virus-free.

"If after 35 days, the 'sentinel birds' will not show any symptoms of the Avian Influenza virus, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) will declare San Luis and the periphery as free of the Bird Flu virus," Piñol said.

But the Agriculture chief said farmers within the 1-kilometer radius where the virus was first spotted "will not be allowed to raise chickens, ducks or quails and other feathered fowls for another 90 days."

Last week, Pampanga has been placed under a state of calamity after the viral outbreak.