DOH: Bird flu can't be transmitted through eating poultry goods

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2017 12:07 PM

MANILA - It is safe to eat poultry products despite the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija as the H5N6 virus cannot be transmitted through the consumption of fowl eggs or meat, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said Friday.

The virus cannot be transmitted by eating poultry products as the virus only enters the body through the respiratory system, Ubial said in a press conference where health officials served and ate fried chicken and boiled eggs.

Cases of the virus being transmitted to humans in the Philippines have yet to be reported, Ubial said.

Prices of chicken have dropped to P25 per kilo from a high of P90 after the presence of bird flu in Central Luzon was confirmed by the government.

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to travel to Pampanga next week to feast on duck eggs and chicken barbecue to assure the public that it is safe to consume poultry goods.