Treñas extends poultry ban in Iloilo City

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Amid threats of bird flu outbreak, the city government of Iloilo has extended the ban on the entry of poultry and poultry by-products in the metro until May 24.

Last Tuesday, Mayor Jerry Treñas issued Executive Order No. (EO) 45, extending the temporary ban on poultry and non-poultry animals and poultry by-products following the Iloilo City Veterinarian Office’s recommendation.

“Relevant government agencies and authorities have yet to issue a statement indicating the eradication and/or effective control of the subject virus thereby necessitating a continued vigilance on the part of local government,” Treñas’ EO stated. (

On April 19, the mayor issued EO 41 mandating the temporary ban on the entry of live poultry and non-poultry birds from the affected areas in mainland Luzon and Cordillera Administrative Region.

The EO was subsequently amended thru EO No. 41-A to include in the temporary banning the entry of egg products as well as expanding the area of coverage of the banning in the entire Luzon.

Under the EO, the entry of live poultry and non-poultry birds including egg products from Luzon is prohibited in the the city from April 20 to May 7.

The ban covers live birds (poultry or non-poultry) particularly all species of all species of live birds except day-old breeder chicks, day-old pullets, and hatching eggs from Luzon.

Entry of egg products from Luzon such as table eggs, salted eggs, quail eggs, embryonated eggs (balut) is likewise prohibited.

The US Centers for Disease Control said bird flu refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses.

These viruses naturally spread among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. Bird flu viruses do not normally infect humans.