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78 workers cleared of avian flu
By Ding Cervantes

Dec 07, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Health (DOH) has issued a clean bill of health to 78 workers in two poultry farms where the avian fl u plague led recently to the culling of some 42,000 chickens in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.

In a press conference here, Nueva Ecija provincial health officer Dr. Benjamin Lopez said “clearing operations” are now being done in the two farms.

“Observation is over for the farm workers and none of them exhibited symptoms of avian flu,” said Department of Health spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy. Lopez said that the cleared workers included 25 persons in one farm and another 53 in the other farm. Both farms had one owner, he added.

“There are no indications that the avian fl u has spread,” he stressed.

Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the infection had been confined to poultry farms in Barangay Concepcion in Cabiao, following the culling of some 42,000 chickens on Nov. 21.

He blamed the smuggling of chickens from towns that were quarantined in August, when the first bird fl u cases were reported.

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