OCVET asks poultries to guard against bird flu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:20

By RG ANTONET GO

The Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET) is urging all poultry and duck farm owners and operators to implement strict biosecurity measures to prevent the entry of avian influenza to Zamboanga city.

“We are advising poultry and duck farms to implement strictly their biosecurity measures to prevent the entry of the virus na farm diila,” said Dr. Arnedo Agbayani, OCVET Chief, Animal Health Services Division.

Biosecurity refers to procedures used to prevent the introduction and spread of disease-causing organisms in poultry flocks.

He said that the OCVET is conducting several measures in accordance with the protocol of Bureau of Animal Industry in determining the presence of Avian Flu among animals in the farms in Zamboanga.

One activity is monitoring avian flu through the conduct of laboratory activities such as blood sampling, fecal analysis, oral tracheal swabbing of vulnerable animals.

The samples are tested at the Avian Influenza laboratory located at barangay Tumaga.

Samples taken two weeks ago from birds, chicken, and duck yielded negative result.

However, Agbayani said that they are concentrating more on ducks because ducks are carriers of the virus which do not manifest symptoms.

Meanwhile, the office is also monitoring the entry of poultry products specifically from infected areas.

According to Agbayani, the city has an avian influenza task force divided into two for human where the City Health Office is the lead agency and for animal where the OCVET is the lead agency.

He also assured the public that it is safe to eat thoroughly cooked chicken as the virus is sensitive to heat and avoid contact with migratory birds. (R.G. A A. Go)