DA investigating fowl deaths in Dumaguete City

Aiza Layague, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 23 2017 09:02 PM

The Department of Agriculture's office in Dumaguete City is investigating the death of some chickens in a backyard poultry farm to determine if the fowl died of the bird flu virus. 

According to Bureau of Animal Industry Quarantine Veterinary Officer Dr. Alfonso Tundag, some 15 chickens in a backyard poultry farm in Purok San Lorenzo, Barangay Talay, died one after the other due for unknown reasons.

Around 9 a.m Wednesday, the Bureau of Animal Industry, together with the City Agriculturist's Office and the City Veterinary Office visited the area for an inspection and investigation.

They also took swab and blood samples from the chickens, especially those who are sick.

Two chickens that were showing flu-like symptoms were culled in order to stop the spread of the unknown virus.

City Veterinary Officer Dr. Lourdes Socorro urged the public to immediately report cases of sick and dead chickens to authorities.

Socorro said chicken farmers must practice bio security by ensuring that chickens are contained and that their quarters are clean.

The DA earlier confirmed an outbreak of the bird flu virus in some poultry farms in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. 

At least 600,000 fowls were culled in Pampanga, while 550,000 birds were slaughtered in Nueva Ecija to prevent the spread of the disease.

On Tuesday, the DA lifted the ban on the shipment of poultry from Luzon to other parts of the country as long as the produce to be transported were not sourced from the outbreak sites.