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The Philippines has detected an outbreak of avian flu in a northern province after tests showed presence of the highly infectious H5N6 subtype of the influenza A virus in a quail farm, the country’s farm minister said on Monday.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the bird flu virus, the same strain that hit some local poultry farms in 2017, was detected in Jaen municipality in Nueva Ecija province, where about 1,500 quails had died on one farm alone.

A total of 12,000 quails have been destroyed and buried to prevent further infections, Dar said, citing field reports.

“We are on top of the situation,” he said. “Surveillance around the 1-km and 7-km radius will be carried out immediately to ensure that the disease has not progressed around the said perimeter.”

Animal quarantine checkpoints have also been set up to restrict the movement of all live domestic birds to and from the quarantine area, he said.

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200,000 birds killed due to bird flu in Pampanga, Philippines

The town of San Luis in Pampanga province has completed the slaughter of some 208,000 fowls in a bid to contain the country’s first bird flu outbreak, Mayor Venancio Macapagal said Tuesday. 
Macapagal told DZMM a total of 170,000 chickens, 21,000 ducks and 16,000 quail from a 1-kilometer diameter quarantine zone, considered the outbreak’s ground zero, were culled. 
The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier said it was set to cull a total of 600,000 fowls in the whole of Pampanga after more poultry farms suffered heavy losses and gave up their produce for slaughter. 
Quarantine officers will disinfect the affected farms and a new set of fowl called “sentinel birds” will be brought in after 21 days. If the “sentinel birds” don’t fall sick after 90 days, the quarantine restrictions will be lifted, the DA said. 
Authorities have not determined the cause of the bird flu outbreak, nor the exact strain, on which tests are being done in Australia.
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