UPDATES ON AVIAN INFLUENZA
Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Janice S. Garcia
Animal Health and Welfare Division, Bureau of Animal Industry, Department of Agriculture
On August 11, 2017, the Philippines has officially declared the first occurrence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the country, and this was reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The Department of Agriculture (DA) has first declared the presence of Avian Influenza virus in the town of San Luis, Pampanga. This was followed by subsequent outbreaks in the Municipalities of Jaen, San Isidro, and Cabiao in the Province Nueva Ecija. All four (4) outbreaks were reported to the OIE, with information containing the subtype A(H5N6) as tested by the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).
The first HPAI detection in August 2017 and subsequent developments thereafter have necessitated the review and revision of the Avian Influenza Protection Programme (AIPP), putting into consideration the disease situation and working on resources and capabilities available during that time. AIPP is a joint undertaking between the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agriculture (DOH) and the poultry industry. It comprises the National Preparedness and Prevention Plan for AI and Manual of Procedures (MoP) from Stage 1 to 4 and Annexes. Stage 1 and 2 are under the DA while Stage 3 and 4 are under the DOH. DA, through BAI, is conducting in consultation with the AIPP Technical Working Group (TWG), some of which are members of the Philippine College of Poultry Practitioners (PCPP) and other stakeholders. Other initiatives of the government in monitoring and awareness on AI include wild bird disease surveillance which is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) and various IEC campaigns.