The city of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur confirms a case of bird flu

The municipal government of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur confirmed on Monday the incidence of H5N1 avian influenza in Barangay San Isidro.

City Mayor Arthur Davin signed Notice no. 4, which sets out the guidelines for the movement of domestic and wild birds in their city.

This is also in line with the monitoring period prescribed in accordance with the Terrestrial Animal Health Code 2021 and stipulated in the Circular Order of the Ministry of Agriculture no. 05-2022 and municipal decree no. 03-2006.

Based on the advisory, no movement from the Magsaysay Town quarantine area is permitted for grazing ducks, game birds, pigeon, ornamental birds and pet birds, even its droppings or manure and feathers.

Broiler chickens, ducks and quails may be transported from the relevant quarantine area unless they test negative 5 days before harvest.

Table eggs, quail eggs and salted eggs may also be transported from the affected quarantine area unless they tested negative in the last monthly test and are subject to a period 2-week on-farm quarantine upon arrival, monitored by the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office, and subject to on-farm biosecurity protocol.

Other measures taken by the local government include activating required quarantine procedures at all borders, the veterinarian or farm owner must immediately report to the municipal agriculture office any case of poultry mortality, and that Magsaysay Municipal Police Station to enforce movement control and farm personnel. are not allowed to leave the premises.

The municipal health worker should help immunize veterinary laboratory staff, medical health workers and poultry farm staff.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City is on heightened biosecurity alert following the detection of bird flu in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat.

“The distance between PEC and Tacurong is about 110 kilometers. The distance is a mere day trip for migratory bird species and a 4-hour trip by land,” the Philippine Eagle Foundation said in a statement.

The Tacurong city government has already formed a task force to solve the problem.

Avian influenza A H5N1 is highly transmissible and deadly to birds. PEF said this is particularly dangerous for the critically endangered Philippine eagle.

“Bird flu or bird flu is a clear and present danger to our national bird,” he added.

If the disease reached Davao City, PEF said they would have to implement a quarantine and lockdown.

The Davao city government has declared the city still free of bird flu at this time, based on initial sample monitoring.

– report by Hernel Tocmo

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