BATANES HEALTH OFFICER WARNS PUBLIC OF BIRD FLU

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BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Basco, Batanes, warned residents urging them to stop hunting migratory birds that are likely carrying bird-flu virus. Health officials here said these migratory birds are particularly those coming from China and Taiwan. Dr. Roel E. Nicolas said people in Batanes are fond of capturing these migratory birds particularly that of the “paloma” which come to province all year round as well as the “valichit” in the months of September and October. Nicolas said the first case of N7-H9 is from China, while one person from Taiwan already died of this stronger strain of avian influenza.

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