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Palace mulls AFP help in containing bird flu outbreak

Palace mulls AFP help in containing bird flu outbreak

The UAE is restricting imports from an affected province of Philippines which has been hit with its first outbreak of avian flu, said the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on Monday. "But we will continue to validate this and take all precaution needed".

However, the Palace official noted that the Department of Agriculture (DA) may require additional personnel, given the huge task of cleaning and containing a large area.

"Despite their lack of personnel, we urge DA and BAI to expedite the various clearing to minimize the losses and hasten the recovery of the poultry industry", Abella said during a Palace press briefing.

Acknowledging the manpower constraints of the DA, Abella said the AFP "can field more men to cull birds". "This is, after all, no small calamity", Abella said.

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Around 37,000 fowls, mostly quail and ducks, have died of the bird flu in San Luis town, the first outbreak of the avian flu in the country.

This is on top of the earlier announcement that affected farmers will get P80 per culled bird.

According to Gulf News, in order to protect the emirates, the ministry said it is locking down its import control gates to guard against any incoming live or processed bird products originating from the province of Pampanga, Philippines.

It also stopped the movement of live fowls and poultry products from a 7-kilometer radius from the site of the outbreak to other parts of the country.

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But since there is no outbreak in the Visayas and Mindanao, PiƱol said the shipment of poultry and poultry products from these areas to Luzon would be allowed.

He said the Department of Health (DOH) would release the results on Wednesday to confirm whether or not they were infected with the avian flu virus.

Meanwhile, the San Fernando City government in La Union, through the City Veterinary Office (CVO), declared yesterday that chickens and other fowls in the city and the rest of the province are safe from the avian flu.

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