A total of 534,286.35 kilograms of chicken have been exported to Japan in mid-September and that 111,692-day-old chicks have been exported to Brunei, Bangladesh and Malaysia. On the other hand, temporary bans on chicken imports from Taiwan, Japan and the United States have been lifted, the Bureau of Animal Industry disclosed in a Wednesday inter-agency meeting workshop on avian influenza.
The bureau also said that brisk exports were made possible through the National Bird Flu Preparedness Program, which includes awareness and health promotion campaign, mobilization of trained personnel and the establishment of regional bird-flu task forces.
The bureau, however, is still watching priority regions and provinces such as Pampanga, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Isabela, the Agusan provinces, the Zamboanga peninsula, Cebu and Palawan.
It will also start monitoring possible bird-flu cases in Negros Occidental, Roxas and Capiz in Panay Island, Sorsogon, Brooke’s Point, General Santos City, Nauhan Lake in Oriental Mindoro, Kabacan and Liguasan Marsh in Cotabato, Surigao del Norte and Victoria in Laguna.
According to the bureau’s records, South Korea is free of bird flu, with the last case recorded in March this year. Thailand had 55 cases this year as of this week. Cambodia had one outbreak as of September 22, and Indonesia reported two outbreaks as of October 6.
China reported one outbreak as of July. Malaysia, meanwhile, had two outbreaks as of end-September. Laos reported one farm outbreak and Hong Kong observed one case in a wild bird.
In April, Taipei eradicated the H5N2 subtype of avian influenza in 24 areas in 8 prefectures affecting 383,852 birds. And Japan, an epizootic of highly pathogenic avian influenza, was reported for the first time in 79 years in January but this has been controlled and eradicated, the bureau said.