Ecija quail farms tested negative of bird flu virus

JAEN, Nueva Ecija – Authorities confirmed yesterday that samples taken from quail farms in four barangays of this town tested negative of the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza virus or bird flu.

Dr. Jun Romero, provincial veterinary officer, said that the negative result was based from laboratory tests made by the Department of Agriculture-Region 3 that were released on Friday afternoon.

Romero said these live samples were taken after conducting surveillance protocols on these affected quail farms last March 18.  These farms are situated in barangays Ulanin-Pitak, Pinanggaan, Imbunia and Hilera.

This positive development brought a sigh of relief to some 29 quail raisers in this town, who thanked the provincial veterinary office for immediately responding to their distress call.

Romero also urged all quail and livestock raisers to always coordinate with his office for any assistance they needed.

This latest negative result of the dreaded bird flu disease in the said town came less than a week after Agriculture Sec. William Dar confirmed its presence in a farm in Bgy. Ulanin-Pitak.

As an immediate disease control measures to mitigate the spread of H5N6 in thr area, some 15,000 quails have been depopulated and cleaning and disinfection procedures were implemented, said Dar.