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
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
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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