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PH bans poultry from China amid bird flu scare

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Skip the Peking Duck for now.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on poultry and related products from China because of bird flu concerns.

All shipments of poultry and poultry products from China were also ordered stopped and confiscated by authorized quarantine inspectors and officers at all major seaports and airports.

The highly infectious H7N9 virus that causes bird flu has affected poultry in Shanghai and neighboring regions in China’s Eastern seaboard, according to the Ministry of Health in China and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ban, meant to stop travelers from bringing in birds and other poultry products from China, sought to prevent the entry of the pathogenic virus causing avian influenza to protect the health of the local poultry population, the DA said in its memorandum order released this week.

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

Day-old chicks

The DA order banned the importation of domestic and wild birds from China, including related products such as day-old chicks, eggs, and semen.

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

 

Taiwanese businessman

The WHO said in a report on April 25 that a total of 109 cases of human infection (including 22 deaths) have been confirmed in China.

Outside China, the Taipei Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the infection of a 53-year-old Taiwan businessman who contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while traveling in China.

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

Taiwan urged its residents to take “enhanced precautions” when visiting China, and placed Shanghai, Beijing and five Chinese provinces on particular alert for travelers after at least 22 deaths were confirmed there.

The island nation’s CDC confirmed that the Taiwanese businessman who showed symptoms of possible bird flu infection three days after returning from China, has been hospitalized since April 16 and is in serious but stable condition.

Confirmed cases

There have been 111 confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza in China, including fatalities, figures from Chinese authorities and the WHO indicated.

The WHO maintained its global advisory for combating bird flu, urging against contact with live poultry but not recommending any restrictions against travel to China.

The “enhanced precautions” urged by Taiwan’s CDC were in line with the WHO advice that counseled people to avoid going to poultry markets, to stay away from anyone with a fever and to eat only thoroughly cooked bird meat and eggs.

Lethal

WHO experts said on Wednesday that H7N9 was a particularly lethal influenza virus but that there was no proof yet of sustained transmission between humans.

Chinese researchers reporting in The Lancet on Thursday confirmed that poultry was a source of the virus, but that they found no evidence of person-to-person transmission.

Asian nations said they had measures in place, pioneered during the  deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) a decade ago, but appealed to their citizens to heed the WHO guidelines in light of the Taiwan case.

“Our healthcare institutions remain on heightened alert and are prepared for the eventuality of a possible case, especially given today’s globalized travel patterns,” Singapore’s health ministry said in a statement.

 

Influx of tourists

Many Asian countries including China’s neighbors Japan and South Korea are anticipating an influx of Chinese tourists during next week over the Labor Day holiday.

Japan’s foreign ministry reissued a travel advisory to citizens planning to visit China or Taiwan, warning them to stay away from bird farms and wear masks in crowded areas.

Reviving a SARS-era precaution, Japan has been checking inbound travelers with body temperature monitors as it gears up for the “Golden Week” spring vacation starting next week.

South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines have resumed using thermal scanners at their main ports of entry to detect anyone arriving with a fever.

 

Teams of cleaners

Municipal authorities in South Korea meanwhile designated a network of clinics and hospitals to quickly test and treat potential patients. Teams of cleaners have assured the public that they regularly wiped public venues with disinfectant.

Taiwan said it was bringing forward plans to ban the killing of live poultry in traditional markets by a month, to May 17.

Under the ban, market vendors will not be allowed to sell birds they have killed themselves, only poultry supplied from Taiwan’s 79 approved slaughterhouses. With a report from the AFP


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  • MrRead

    Ban dirty Chinese altogether. Chinese are dirty people.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Ban all importations of livestock products and poisonous toys from China permanently. This will help curb smuggling and protect the health of the poor in this country who could only afford cheap imported products.

  • gerp

    how come to stop this birds coming in to PH from China? the port of entries are corrupted, and even there’s a lot of illegal back door entries as well that is higly protected by influential people around the country… PH should reform Navy, coast guards, and make a better policy on using the PH waters for commercial/industrial economic usage. Long way to go…kahit tuwid na daan…di kayang barsuhin yan. Kailangan kamay na bakal at determinasyon na linisin ang Customs House of PH.

  • banana na saging

    ang H7N9 ma-de-detect lang siya within 7 days or more bago nilalagnat ang isang tao..at kapag nalaman ay grabe ang lagay ng tao na tinamaan ng virus na ito…take pre-caution in eating peking duck, chicken and pigeons..

  • sorbetero

    Limit the entry of Chinese products to Manila,. Start buying local products to help our local producers and business .

  • mamer2

    Our Government should BAN Almost ANYTHING from Red-China.!
    From defective & fake goods to contaminated poultry.
    Do we need more of these…
    dangerous and toxic(from poisonous to cancerous) products.

  • tarikan

    Yan na lang ang pinaka-ganti natin sa China sa preposterous claim nila sa west PH sea — bird flu (a lethal H7N9 virus). Masama man humiling ng ganito pero sana tamaan ng H7N9 ang nag-drawing ng “Nine-dash Line” pati na yung mga advocates niyon.

    • Mazza02

      Masama pa rin yan ‘pre. We should not go down to their level.

  • BatangSingapore

    yan mga lason na pagkain galing china tulad ng manok at kung ano anong produkto ay nasa jollibee, chowking at sa lahat ng tindahan pagaari ng intsik.

    kaya kayo mga kababayan huwag na kayong kumain sa mga restaurant kahit pa nasa Mall pa yan. hindi na kayo sure sa mga pagkain sa labas. kaya marami ako napapansin ngayon na mga pinoy na ang papangit ng kutis dahil diyan sa mga tainted na pagkain from china.

  • Rizal Bayani

    Watch out for the influx of smuggled poultry products from China. They will find ways to dump their toxic products off their shores.



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