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PIA Press Release
2010/11/19

Agri, health authorities in Western Visayas watchful for any signs of bird flu

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (19 November) -- Dr. Leriza Balopenos, Regional Animal Health Coordinator of the Department of agriculture, Region 6 said that starting this month they will focus their surveillance on signs of bird flu in preparation for the period where migratory birds come into the country.

Dr. Balopenos said in a PIA interview that migratory birds usually flock to our local wet lands to escape the cold weather from their host country.

Both Dr. Balopenos, and Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, Regional Emerging Infectious Disease Coordinator of DOH 6 when checked by PIA said that Western Visayas remains bird flu-free, but reminded everyone "not to hold our guard down, let us be prepared".

Meanwhile, National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Eric Tayag said the Health, Agriculture and Environment departments are taking steps to make sure the country remains bird flu-free.

He said this is aside from the coordination between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Manila International Airport Authority to scan arriving passengers carrying the bird flu virus. (PIA6) [top]

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