CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan: Cases of Newcastle disease have been found in chickens in the towns of San Rafael and San Ildefonso, the Provincial Veterinary Office confirmed on Friday.
Provincial veterinarian Voltaire Basinang said that several cases of the disease have been monitored in backyard or native and 45-day old chickens.
Newcastle is a highly contagious and fatal viral disease in poultry and wild birds; is has high mortality rates on domesticated chickens and game fowls.
Basinang said the veterinary office is conducting surveys on areas where the disease was monitored. Bio security measures are also being implemented to prevent the spread of the disease.
Basinang advised owners of infected chickens or game fowls to burn or bury the carcasses in order to prevent or at least minimize the spread of the disease.
He also urged backyard poultry raisers to have their flock vaccinated against Newcastle disease.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eduardo Lapuz, the regulatory division chief of the Department of Agriculture in Central Luzon, said the region has about 47,000 cases of Newcastle disease.
The bulk of the affected poultry were in the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.
The disease only started to appear in Bulacan recently, Lapuz said.
Newcastle disease spreads easily because the virus is transmitted through air, water and surfaces.