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RP still bird flu-free, but threat remains

Posted by Michille on January 31st, 2007

By RIC SAPNU

The Philippine Star

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The country remains free of the bird flu virus despite the presence of thousands of migratory birds in Pampanga’s Candaba Swamp and other sanctuaries elsewhere, authorities said.

So far, there have been no reports of migratory birds carrying the virus into the swamp, Dr. Laarni Cabantac, assistant coordinator of the National Avian Influenza Task Force, said during a two-day seminar workshop on “Stay Bird Flu Philippines” here.

“We don’t have avian influenza here but there is still a threat so we must be prepared anytime,” she said.

Cabantac said adequate measures, including information dissemination and frequent inspection and monitoring of poultry farms, must be in place even if there are no bird flu cases reported yet.

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