DA conducts avian population survey

PHILIPPINES - As part of the preparedness plans associated with to the possible occurrence of Avian Influenza popularly known as Bird Flu, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its veterinarians and agricultural technicians are in the process of conducting avian population survey in the Eastern Visayas region.
calendar icon 12 August 2006
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According to the information gathered by the Philippine Information during the meeting of the Regional Bird Flu Task Force held recently, the survey aims to safeguard the poultry industry as well as the human health. It will likewise help determine the extent of government expenses and identify what areas have large avian population.

The survey which started in July this year, covers both commercial and domestic avian species like birds, chicken, ducks, ostrich, quails, and game fowls.

Recently, the provinces are almost done with the survey, while Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte have totally completed the job.

In his opening message, Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director, Leo Cañeda said that the survey will greatly contribute identify the magnitude of the possible casualties should avian flu encroach to the country specifically in the region, which then should be the basis to determine future interventions, policy adjustments and probable solutions.

It can be noted that Avian Influenza is a disease found chiefly in birds and other fowls and can be contagious and deadly among them. Infections with this disease can also occur in humans.

"We should be thankful that the country is spared of the epidemic being one of the two remaining Southeast Asian nations that are declared bird flu-free, and that I am encouraging everyone especially the members of the regional technical working group to maintain such status", Director Cañeda finally bared.

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