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Nueva Vizcaya alerts agencies vs entry of bird flu in Cagayan Valley

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Alarmed on the bird flu epidemic in neighboring provinces, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Nueva Vizcaya has alerted several government agencies to keep monitoring the entry of such cases in the province.

In a press release, the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Capitol said the provincial board urged Governor Carlos Padilla to task the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO), Provincial Veterinary Services Office (PVSO), Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify their actions to ensure the prevention of the spread of the avian flu virus in the province.

In a briefing with the said agencies, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan asked that additional personnel should be assigned at the quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Consuelo in Santa Fe town, the last town before Ecija province.

This, according to the board, will boost the capability of Municipality of Santa Fe and the Bureau of Animal Industry Quarantine Officers in implementing strict regulatory measures in order to stop possible entry of bird flu affected poultry products to the province and to the entire Cagayan Valley Region.

Nueva Ecija, neighboring town of Vizcaya, has reported flu virus cases in its two towns. Said towns had since declared state of calamity.

“The concerned agencies should increase the protection and prevention measures to ensure the blockage and spread of the dreaded fowl virus that immobilized the chicken, duck, and quail farm production in Central Luzon,” Board Member Johnny Liban said.

Liban said the province may soon be affected if no “decisive” countermeasures will be implement by the provincial government. Northernforum.net 

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