13 Aug '17, 4am

Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak

Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak

The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected. An immediate cull was ordered for all chicken, ducks and quail within a kilometre (0.6 miles) of the infected poultry in San Luis town, north of Manila, said Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. The health department was meanwhile monitoring the health of farm workers exposed to the infected birds, he added. "So far we do not have any reported animal to human transmissions," Pinol told a news conference. Pinol said the infected birds tested positive for avian influenza Type A, sub-type H5. The avian flu strains that have been known to jump to humans are the H5N1 and H5N7 subtypes, said Celia Carlos, director of the health department's Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Philippine officials have not yet said which H5 subtype t...

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