Bird flu is back in the Philippines. The Department of Agriculture (DA) reports that bird flu or avian influenza was detected in some duck and quail farms. They supposedly got rid of the disease more than a year ago. This is the H5N1 bird flu strain of avian influenza. The H5N6 strain was prevalent in previous recent outbreaks. Both strains are classified as highly pathogenic. This is a problem for a huge importer of chicken and other poultry products like the Philippines.
- The H5N1 strain has been detected in duck and quail farms in Pampanga province and a village in Rizal.
- More than a dozen types of avian influenza have been detected.
- Bird flu can be deadly when it strikes humans, but infection is low.
- Bird flu can be transmitted through contact with an infected bird’s feces or secretions from its nose, mouth, or eyes.