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Philippines slaughters over 38,000 chickens in response to bird flu outbreak

The Philippines has culled nearly 39,000 chickens in a poultry farm outside of Manila to curb a bird flu outbreak.

29 July 2020, at 10:01am

Reuters reports that this cull comes more than four months after avian influenza infections were reported in a nearby province.

The Department of Agriculture's (DA) Bureau of Animal Industry has detected the presence of the highly infectious H5N6 subtype of the influenza A virus in an egg-producing farm in San Luis town in Pampanga province.

Upon confirming the report, a team of veterinarians and animal health officers had immediately implemented emergency control measures, culling 38,701 poultry and disposing of the carcasses, the DA said in a statement.

In March, the DA detected an avian flu outbreak involving the same virus in a quail farm in Jaen municipality in Nueva Ecija province, where about 1,500 quails had died and some 12,000 others had been culled.

Initial investigation by the DA showed the presence in San Luis town of migratory birds, which has been associated with bird flu outbreaks in many countries, including the Philippines.

The DA said broilers, the primary source of poultry meat, were not affected by the latest outbreak.

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