Sunday, August 20, 2017

DA: Caraga poultry products remain bird-flu free

By Emmylou T. Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 20 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga on Sunday assured the public that poultry products in the region remain safe from avian influenza.

According to the DA-Caraga, the reported incident yesterday, August 19, where 15 ducks of a certain resident from Purok 3A, Barangay Holy Redeemer, this city, died has already been investigated. The DA report said that their personnel from the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory headed by Chief Veterinarian Esther B. Cardeno quickly responded and went to the area and conducted a thorough investigation and further advise the owner on what to do to prevent further deaths of their ducks.

The initial diagnosis of the team revealed that the cause of death of said animals is the lack of oxygen considering the congested area and overpopulation of the ducks. Water, which is important in raising ducks is not abundant in the area, it was learned. According to the owner, the ducks were only confined in their area and has not had any contact with other feathered animals outside their backyard.

Signs of death is far from the symptoms that could point to avian influenza but further test shall be conducted by the DA to rule out the exact cause of its death.

Meanwhile, DA would like to ask the public to remain calm but be vigilant and report any unusual death of feathered animals such as poultry and ducks.


The DA also requests Caraganons to refrain from spreading false and unverified information so as not to create panic. Kindly contact the nearest Municipal/City Agriculture Office or the DA at telephone numbers 342-4092 for assistance. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)