PH imposes temporary ban on China poultry amid bird flu scare

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Taiwanese people wear masks at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, April 26, 2013. Taiwan confirmed its first case of a new deadly strain of bird flu. The Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that a 53-year-old man became ill with fever after returning from a visit to the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu on April 9. He twice tested negative for H7N9 but eventually tested positive Wednesday after his condition deteriorated, CDC official Chang Feng-yi said. AP

MANILA, Philippines– The Philippines has imposed a temporary ban on poultry and related products from China amid bird flu concerns, according to a Department of Agriculture memorandum order released this week.

A highly virulent H7N9 avian influenza has affected poultry in Shanghai and neighboring regions in China’s Eastern seaboard as confirmed by the Ministry of Health in China and the World Health Organization.

The DA in its memo said it had issued the temporary ban in order to protect the health of the local poultry population from the avian-flu causing virus, which might enter the country via travelers bringing in birds and other poultry products from China.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said that emergency measures are being implemented in response to such concerns.

The agency, thus, banned importation of domestic and wild birds and their products, including day-old chicks, eggs and poultry semen from China.

The DA has immediately suspended the processing, evaluation, and issuance of veterinary quarantine clearance/international veterinary certificate import permit for applications relevant to the importation of affected commodities from China by the Bureau of Animal Industry.

The agency has also ordered stoppage and confiscation of all shipments of poultry and poultry products into the country originating from China by all authorized quarantine inspectors and officers at all major seaports and airports.

The WHO in a report on April 25 said a total of 109 cases of human infection (including 22 deaths) have been confirmed in China. Outside China, the Taipei Centres for Disease Control has confirmed infection of a 53-year-old Taiwan businessman that contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while traveling in China.

Various countries are presently racing to protect their borders and prevent entry of the virus strain that a WHO official has reportedly described as “dangerous.”

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  • $18209031

    PInos in general are dole out seekers, strike anywhere, backstabbers and patay gutoms. What can you expect.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      voice of a expert speaking you stab everyone in the back except mother china then you kiss azz

  • vaporub123

    ban? funny.may ban o wala, ang mga smuggler ang dapati-ban sa mga ports at panay pasok ang mga smuggle na karneng manok.

  • $18209031

    Ipis at daga— that are carriers of diseases— ay ang kinakain sa mga patay gutom ng bayan. How much more these imported chicken are a whole lot better than what they re eating. They can marinate them in coconut vinegar and go from there. Or just directly grill over coconut charcoal. A minimum of 82 degrees will kill any bug . Grilling can even reach 232 degrees celsius so you have a good margin of safety.

    • Barney Stinson

      Wow… comments and vocabulary courtesy of… Google search and dictionary! Hahaha who cares Utin, it’s just news.

      • $18209031

        HEhehehehe, its a fun day , isnt it?

      • Barney Stinson

        Good morning!

    • Barney Stinson

      FYI yung name mo kasi may kasamang obscenity kaya medyo tino-troll kita… In short ka-troll troll kasi ang pangalan mo. I mean WTF, why name yourself Utin. So t*te ka? Hahahah

  • davidhill

    jk

  • branlem

    If I can have my way, I will ban all their products!!!

  • Hellomr

    The ban should be forever , we don’t need anything from china…

  • shioktong

    Continue the ban ’till the end of the enemy.

  • Mario Salazar

    What our government should do is ban all Mainland Chinese going to the Philippines. Look what happen. Taiwan welcome Chinese tourist from China. They got the virus.

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