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DA Presscon (March 16, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 16 March 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed the detection of avian flu in a quail farm in a barangay in Jaen, a municipality in Nueva Ecija during a press conference held on March 16, 2020 at DA.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Nueva Ecija received reports of increased mortalities of 1,500 out of 15,000 quails in one farm in Barangay. Ulanin-Pitak, Jaen, Nueva Ecija on March 9, 2020. Tests showed this was caused by the H5N6 subtype of the influenza A virus, or avian influenza.

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said that DA and its Bureau of Animal Industry, in partnership with the local government of Jaen, are on top of the situation. While still conducting supplementary tests, immediate disease control measures were set up to mitigate the spread of the said bird virus.

A total of 12,000 head of quails were depopulated and buried on March 14, 2020, as reported by the Nueva Ecija provincial veterinary office, the Jaen municipal agriculture office, DA Regional Field Office III, and Veterinary Quarantine Service. Cleaning and disinfection were also implemented. (Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)