Chicken samples tested in Australia, positive of H5N6 strain which is communicable to humans – DA

UNTV News   •   August 25, 2017   •   4826

PAMPANGA, Philippines —  The sample of bird flu-affected chicken that the Department of Agriculture (DA) sent to an Australian laboratory from San Luis, Pampanga, tested positive of H5N6 virus.

According to the focal person of the National Avian Influenza Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, there were less than 20 recorded deaths due to the strain in 2013, most of them were from China whose jobs were directly handling poultry animals.

“Ang morbidity is yung infection niya sa tao, yung transmission nya sa tao. Very low yan tapos yung mortality rate pa nya is even lower (The morbidity is its transmission to humans. It’s very low. The mortality rate is even lower),” Dr. Vytiaco said.

She added that there was also presence of N6 strain in Southeast Asia particularly in Myanmar, Lao and Vietnam but there was no recorded human transmission.

Two farm workers from ground zero of bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga tested negative of the virus by the Department of Health (DOH).

The Department of Agriculture (DA), meanwhile, is confident that the virus is contained in the 7-km radius controlled zone in San Luis, Pampanga, in Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija.

“The fact that the farm workers have been there since April and none of them got sick is an assurance that it’s not that serious,” DA Sec. Manny Piñol said.

Bird flu can be transmitted to humans thru the dust from the bird’s feather.

“So if nadikit yan sa body mo or halimbawa sa hand mo tapos nagganyan ka di ba o kinamot mo ang mata mo so may port of entry na,” Dr. Vytiaco said.

(So if it had contact with your body or for example you moved your hand like this or you scratched your eyes so there are points of entry.)

Some of the symptoms of infection in humans are fatigue, loss of appetite and cough and colds.

But Dr. Vytiaco said, N6 is a weaker strain as compared to N1 which can lead to more deaths.

“Ang N1 yan ang talagang nung kasagsagan nya 2003-2004 talagang medyo mataas ang mortality nya it reached 58% if I’m not mistaken among human,” Dr. Vytiaco added.

(The N1 during its peak in 2003-2004 the mortality is higher it reached 58% if I’m not mistaken among humans.)

The department assured the public that the chickens being sold in markets are safe to eat.

And as proof, President Rodrigo Duterte will go to Pampanga on Monday to try a variety of chicken dishes. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Presyo ng baboy, posible pang tumaas habang papalapit ang holiday season – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tumaas ang presyo ng karne ng baboy sa ilang pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Sa ulat ni Aileen Cerrudo sa UNTV C-News, sinasabing umaabot sa P20 hanggang P60 ang presyo ng karne ng baboy.

Sa Mega Q Mart, nasa P420 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo, P350-P360 naman ang halaga ng kada kilo ng kasim.

Sa Commonwealth Market, hanggang P320 ang halaga ng liempo at nasa P360 naman ang kasim.

Nasa P390 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P300 to P340 ang presyo ng kasim sa Malabon Central Market.

Sa Munoz at Guadalupe Market naman, umiikot sa P360 hanggang P380 ang kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P320 at P330 naman ang kasim.

Ayon sa Department of Agriculture (DA), ito ay bunsod ng kakulangan pa rin sa supply ng baboy dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Ayon sa DA, posible pang tumaas ang presyo ng baboy sa pagsapit ng buwan ng Disyembre dahil sa inaasahang pagtaas ng demand kaugnay ng holiday season.

Duterte calls on ASEAN countries to stand with Myanmar amid coup crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has called on member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to stand with Myanmar amid its coup crisis.

During the 39th ASEAN Summit, Duterte urged all parties in Myanmar to heed the ASEAN’s plea for peace.

“The Philippines urges all parties in Myanmar to engage in constructive dialogue with ASEAN. We are, after all, an ASEAN family. And if we cannot trust each other and work together, then who can Myanmar trust and work with?” he said.

He also urged ASEAN’s special envoy to visit Myanmar soon and meet all the parties involved.

Duterte expressed concern about Myanmar’s rejection of ASEAN’s sincere offers of assistance, stating that it may undermine the mutual trust and confidence that ASEAN-member states share.

Meanwhile, the president said the Philippines will commit to help individuals caught up in “situations beyond their control”.

“Our doors are open to our Rohingya brothers and sisters and other peoples of Myanmar who seek refuge,” he said. AAC

Pagtaas sa presyo ng gulay, asahan na dahil sa epekto ng Bagyong Maring

Maris Federez   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Umabot na sa 2 bilyong piso ang halaga ng mga apektadong agricultural product sa bansa matapos masira ang ilang taniman sa Northern Luzon dulot ng pananalasa ng Bagyong Maring.

Ayon sa Deparment of Agriculture (DA), nasa 42,000 magsasaka ang naapektuhan ang kabuhayan.

Dahil dito, inaasahang mababawasan na rin ang supply ng mga gulay sa National Capital Region (NCR), gayundin ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga produktong agrikultura.

“Nakita natin ang paggalaw ng gulay dahil ito nga rin ay epekto nung nasalantang mga produce natin. Definitely, ‘pag nabawasan ang yield dahil natamaan ng bagyo ay tataas ang price points ng ating mga gulay dahil yung logististical cost ganun pa rin po and yet mas konti na ang nadadala sa merkado,” ani DA Asec. Kristine Evangelista

Gayunpaman, nakikipag-ugnayan na ang DA sa iba pang rehiyon para sa alternatibong suplay ng gulay sa Metro Manila.

“Basically we are augmenting from different regions po to make sure na hindi masyadong magalaw ang presyo ng gulay para na rin po sa ating mga consumers dito,” dagdag ni Evangelista.

Siniguro naman ng DA na patuloy ang  pagbabantay sa suply ng agricultural products sa bansa upang hindi maabuso ang pagtaas ng presyo nito.

Tiniyak din ng kagawaran na may nakahandang tulong para sa mga magsasaka na naapektuhan sa nakalipas na pananalasa ng bagyong maring

“Initially ang amin pong binibilisan para mapa-disperse na po at maibigay sa ating mga kababayang magsasaka’t mangingisda ay yung ating mga binhi at yung mga gamot para sa kanilang mga livestock, mga animals,” ani Evangelista.

Ayon pa sa DA, mayroon ding nakahandang zero interest loan ang ahensya para sa mga magsasaka na nais umutang ng pang-kapital. Kailangan lamang makipag-ugnayan ang mga apektadong magsasaka sa tanggapan ng DA sa kani-kanilang mga lugar. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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