First Ever H5 Bird Flu Outbreak, Announced in the Country.

The Philippines confessed its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu last Friday, although there is no cases of humans infected yet.
Emmanuel Pinol, Agriculture Secretary, said that luckily it was reported that we do not have infected transmissions yet from animals to humans and they are closely overseeing the farm workers’ health that were exposed to toxic birds.
Those infected birds were proven positive for Avian influenza Type A, sub-type H5, Pinol added but officials in the country have not reported yet which H5 subtype the infected birds have and transported.
Pinol mentioned that, an urgent selection of all chicken, quail and ducks  within a kilometer (0.6 miles)  of the infected poultry in the north of  Manila, town of San Luis was arranged. San Luis, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Manila, is near the Candaba swamps, a major way station and destination for migratory birds who move out of the Asian mainland during winter.
The outbreak began in April, however, farmers and owners ignored to communicate with authorities.
For security of all, the Government has stopped the carriage of all poultry products to avoid the possible transmission of Avian flu within seven kilometers of affected farms.
Pinol also said, there is no report of outside transport yet, the six infected farms only sold their products to local buyers and markets.
He said that the authorities doubt that the infection could have been expanded by migratory birds or from illegally transported poultry products.
Celia Carlos, Health Department’s Director of Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. said, the Avian flu breed that have been suspected to leap to humans are the H5N1 and H5N7 subtypes.
The World Health Organization is keeping an eye on 453 human deaths from 859 cases of Avian influenza since 2000, with Asia accounting for 41 percent of all cases.
Fortunately, The Philippines had not yet stated any human cases, as per WHO data
Carlos added, although the risk of transmission is low, the fatality is high, particularly to children and infants and for those people with sickness and other disease.
Pinol pronounced, that about 200,000 birds would have to be set down and remains will be buried. Farmers that were affected will be paid and will be given compensations.

Source: AFP News

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