The country is now free of the pernicious bird flu disease which has all but forced the local poultry industry to its knees – at the cost of billions in lost revenues, bankruptcy of thousands of raisers and diminution of livelihood opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.
Quoting from a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), officials of the Department of Health (DOH) crowed that the deadly H5N6 virus in the Philippines has been “eliminated” for now, but they are still on the look-out for another highly-pathogenic strain that has been detected in products imported from Poland, The Netherlands, South Korea and France.
“As of January 8, 2021, the Philippines is now free of the last remaining H5N6 strain of the avian influenza,” the DOH said.
Outbreaks of bird flu have been a recurring source of concern for poultry businessmen, having occurred here in 2017 and 2018.
The Philippines is reportedly the biggest importer of chicken in the Southeast Asian region as it has become an integral part of the Filipino diet as it is relatively cheaper than pork or beef.
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