Thousands of chickens were culled in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija as the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed the presence of bird flu virus in a farm there.
“DA confirmed the presence of the disease after ensuring that movement control for live poultry and their by-products is in place and established,” said the DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry in a statement.
The affected farm underwent a screening test for bird flu. Several samples yielded positive results in the screening test.
“The initial findings were discussed with the owner and the latter opted for immediate depopulation,” the bureau said.
Local authorities helped in implementing culling procedures.
Poultry farms with one-day mortality of 3 percent of the total population are considered suspect farms, where an initial screening test will be conducted. A confirmatory test will follow after the screening test.
In August, the Agriculture department declared a bird flu outbreak in Barangay San Luis, Pampanga and in two farms in Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija.