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Philippine Government Now On Alert After Reported Bird Flu Outbreak in China

The Philippine government is now on alert against another reported bird flu outbreak in China, a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1.

The government is already exerting efforts to keep the Philippines free from highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 type of bird flu, or avian influenza, which is reported to be an outbreak in China.

Last weekend, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported that another strain of H5N1 has become an outbreak at a farm in Shaoyang City in the province of Hunan. The area is about 400 kilometers away from south of Hubei province, the epicenter of 2019 novel coronavirus.

The authorities have already culled around 17,828 poultry due to the reported bird flu outbreak while the new coronavirus is currently spreading in Wuhan, Hubei province.

The World Health Organization warned the public regarding the possible increase of avian influenza among poultries. WHO also explained that H5N1 is difficult to transmit from person to person.

Almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments,” WHO said.

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Bureau of Animal Industry Director Ronnie Domingo issued bans of poultry and poultry products from countries with incidences of avian flu.

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