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Treñas bans poultry from Luzon, M’nao anew

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The Iloilo City Government has once again banned the entry of live poultry, poultry products, and byproducts from Luzon and Mindanao.

“There is a need to protect the poultry industry of Iloilo City and the general public from Avian Influenza,” Mayor Jerry Treñas said in his Executive Order No. (EO) 005-2022 setting the ban for 30 days.

In Luzon and Mindanao, new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or bird flu have been reported. (https://bit.ly/3nI8uwS)

Effective 12:01 a.m. today, the following are subject to a temporary ban:

* all live birds (poultry and non-poultry) including day-old chicks, pullets, hatching eggs, ready-to-lay pullets, semen, fresh egg, embryonated eggs, manure, ducks and quails and other poultry products and byproducts from Luzon and Mindanao

* pigeons for racing, flying, training, brooding and other related activities originating from Luzon and Mindanao, and those which have traveled thereto and intending to return to Iloilo City

* gamefowls from Luzon and Mindanao and those which have traveled thereto and intending to return to Iloilo City

Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral disease caused by any Influenza A virus that affects several bird species (chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea row,. etc.), including pet birds and wild birds.

The EO, on one hand, allows for the transshipment of imported day-old chicks, day-old pullets, hatching eggs, and gamefowls from international airports and seaports to Iloilo City.

Transporting poultry meat from Luzon and Mindanao to Iloilo City is only allowed if accompanied by a Meat Inspection Certificate for domestic meat products or a Certificate of Meat Inspection for imported meat products.

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