An outbreak of low-pathogethic avian influenza from Italy and the Netherlands has caused the Philippine government to temporarily ban the entry of their poultry products.
A report from GMA News said the Department of Agriculture (DA) suspended the importation of domestic and wild birds (including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen) originating from Romagna in Italy and Gelderland in the Netherlands, to shield the Philippine poultry industry from complications and protect the health of the population.
The said avian influenza serotype H5 was discovered in a small rural poultry farm in Medena, Region of Romagna.
Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala ordered the immediate suspension of the processing and evaluation of the application and issuance of veterinary quarantine clearance on poultry imports from the regions.
Avian influenza (AI) is a viral disease affecting several species of birds. The highly pathogenic virus spreads rapidly and may cause serious disease and result in high mortality rates, or up to 100 percent within 48 hours.