The bird flu that has hit elements of the Philippines has been confirmed as H5N6 — a strain that can be transmitted to humans.
Following the outcomes of testing at an Australian laboratory, agriculture officers have been swift to emphasise that the strain is gradual to unfold and causes few deaths.
Speaking at a press briefing at the moment (Thursday, August 24), Bureau of Animal Industry spokeswoman Arlene Vytiaco mentioned: “The rate of transmission is very, very low.”
She added that nations comparable to Japan and Myamnar which had been affected by H5N6 had not reported any humans contaminated by the virus. “The mortality rate is also low,” she mentioned.
Since H5N6 was first recognized in 2014, there have been solely 20 deaths reported worldwide.
The Department of Health has been conducting common check-ups on farmers and employees in areas affected by the outbreak.
Ms Vytiaco mentioned no new sufferers had been admitted since two farm employees who reported flu-like signs final week examined detrimental for bird flu.
The authorities had been ready to see what the bird flu’s ’N’ strain was — notably looking out for the N1 and N6 strains, which can be handed on to humans.
Tests confirmed it was not the a lot deadlier H5N1 virus.
The outbreak of bird flu was first reported earlier this month. The virus was present in birds from seven farms in San Luis, Pampanga.
The Department of Agriculture earlier mentioned the virus had been current since April, however was solely reported in August after 37,000 birds had died.
A ban on the cargo of poultry and poultry merchandise from Luzon to different elements of the nation that was imposed on August 13 as a precautionary measure was lifted on Tuesday.