DOH: PH bird flu-free until new cases are reported

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The Department of Health said Sunday the Philippines is now bird flu-free, until new cases are reported. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday the Philippines is now bird flu-free, until new cases are reported.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said no new cases of dead birds have been detected after government culling and quarantine activities. 

The Agriculture Department completed culling 600,000 fowls within the 1km radius of farms suspected to have bird flu. The towns of San Luis in Pampanga, Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija, where it was detected, have been cleared of new cases, Ubial said. 

Ubial added no humans were infected by the virus.

Bird flu was first detected in the town of San Luis, Pampanga. It was later confirmed to be of the H5N6 strain, which is transmissible to humans. 

However, the Health Secretary also assured the public it is safe to eat chicken and other poultry products. 

Wala na pong panibagong mga kaso, so rine-remind natin 'yung mga kababayan natin, ang publiko, na safe pong kumain ng mga manok at poultry products, at lahat po ng suspected na puwedeng mahawa ay na-dispose na po,” she said.

[Translation: There have been no new cases, so we’re reminding our fellow Filipinos, the public, that it is safe to eat chicken and poultry products. All those suspected of transmitting the virus have been disposed.]

She said the Agriculture Departement will monitor new cases of the virus.