DA reminds poultry owners to use anti-pest vaccines

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The Newcastle disease virus has a high mortality rate and can wipe out a poultry farm in just 24 hours.

San Fernando, Pampanga (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in central Luzon reminded all poultry owners to give their chickens vaccines and disinfectants to get rid of the further widespread of the Newcastle disease virus (NDV).

The said virus, which is also known as the avian pest, has a high mortality rate and can wipe out a poultry farm in just 24 hours.

Related: Around 41,000 chickens in Central Luzon die of Newcastle disease

The DA Region 3 initially reported that around 41,000 birds, mostly fighting cocks and range chicken, died due to the disease. Some were killed to avoid the transfer of the virus.

NDV poses great damage in the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.

According to Dr. Eduardo Lapuz Jr., chief of the regulatory division of the DA-3, they have already distributed anti-pest medicines to backyard raisers in the region.

Lapuz also assured that there is no deficiency in poultry supply as the region remains to be the number one supplier in Metro Manila with around 20 million broilers.