LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 25 (PNA) -- The Provincial Veterinary Service Office (PVSO) of Albay is now ready with precautionary measures against the avian pest that is reportedly affecting small and large chicken producers across the province, Governor Joey Salceda said Thursday.
Salceda said he has directed Dr. Florencio Adonay, PVSO chief, to implement measures to control and prevent the spread of the pest, locally known as “rabia”.
Quoting a report from the PVSO, he said the cases are still above the normal level “so the appropriate thing to do is implement counter-measures.”
“The preventive measures are being carried out during regular village visitations by the El Niño Caravan,” the governor said.
The counter-measures include: coordination with local government units for the gathering and reporting of new cases; submission of specimens to animal laboratory for examination; inventory and purchase of vaccine supply; and conduct of mass vaccinations to affected poultry farms in villages.
Salceda also directed village officials to activate their respective animal health workers to monitor and report avian pest cases.
And in case the avian pest incidence worsens, he urged them recommend the declaration of a state of calamity in the affected towns, cities or in the entire province.
Salceda, however, denied an avian pest outbreak earlier reported by media, saying there are no official data or report that said an avian pest was occurring in the communities.
The PVSO said it had only received verbal reports of sign and symptoms of the disease from veterinary technicians in villages in the towns of Tiwi, Bacacay, Camalig and Daraga and Tabaco City.
The signs and symptoms of the disease were observed and found positive at backyard farms.
In Albay, no case of disease has been reported in commercial farms, which account for 85 percent of domestic production, Salceda said.
“We have big farms with almost three million per load capacity, at 60 days, that is 18 million. Albay is a big exporter of chicken,” he said, adding that the issue with “rabia” is affecting only small farmers or households in terms of income and food security. (PNA) LAP/FGS/MSA/CBD/EDS