Breaking: Department of Agriculture confirms bird flu outbreak in PH

The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed the detection of H5N6 or bird flu in the Philippines on Monday morning.

We learned from GMA News that the avian influenza was recorded in Nueva Ecija. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that samples from a farm in Barangay Ulanin-Pitak tested positive for avian influenza.

In a report by CNN Philippines, the Agriculture Department explained that while there is a possibility for human transmission, there is a slim chance that the bird flu could transmit to humans.

“While there is a possibility of a human transmission, napaka slim ng chance na ma-transmit ito sa tao,” an official said.

The department also added that based on the four cases in China, so far no one died due to the bird flu.

“Based four cases of human transmission in China, so far wala pang namamatay sa H5N6,” the official added.

The DA imposed a 1-7 protocol, which means a 1-kilometer radius will be the control zone, while a 7-kilometer radius and beyond will be the surveillance zone.

According to a report by the Inquirer, the last detection of H5N6 avian influenza in the Philippines was in 2017.