Avian influenza in Jaen farms contained

July 23, 2020

The Avian Influenza (AI) A(H5N6) incidence that occurred in quail farms in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, four months ago has already been managed, controlled and contained.

In its official report to the OIE or World Organization for Animal Health, on July 16, 2020, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) said it has not detected any cases of AI A(H5N6) among poultry farms in the vicinity of the index or affected farm in Jaen, in the last 90 days, after completion of cleaning and disinfection procedures of the affected farm.

DA Secretary William Dar commended the strong partnership among the quail farm owner, provincial and municipal officials and veterinarians, and the DA Central Luzon Regional Field Office (RFO3) and BAI team for successfully solving the AI A(H5N6) incidence in Jaen, Nueva Ecija.

DA-BAI Director Ronnie Domingo, on the other hand, disclosed that upon confirmation of said AI incidence in March 13, 2020, the DA in tandem with the farm owner, local officials and veterinarians immediately "stamped out" the affected farm, properly disposed off all birds, and undertook thorough cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Domingo added that a series of surveillance activities were also undertaken to determine the extent of infection and capture unreported cases.

"All laboratory tests yielded negative results for both quarantine and surveillance zones. Early reporting and early multi-agency response provided effective closure of the Nueva Ecija avian flu incident," said Domingo in a report to Dar.

The avian flu incidence at a quail farm, in Barangay Ulanin-Pitak, in Jaen, was initially reported by the Nueva Ecija Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), on March 9, 2019. On March 13, 2020, laboratory tests showed the infected quails were positive for AI A(H5N6).