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Brief Advisory on the Bird Flu in Pampanga

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                                                  BRIEF ADVISORY ON THE BIRD FLU IN PAMPANGA

A.The current avian influenza H5N1 virus (“bird flu”) outbreak in San Luis Pampanga is no cause for alarm at the moment as the cases reported are confined to poultry chickens. Although it has the potential to infect humans and cause severe respiratory infection, person to person transmission is unusual.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cases of H5N1 infection in humans have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments.

The DA decision to cull these chickens is a precautionary intervention to prevent the potential spread of the virus from infected birds to other bird animals including humans.

Currently, there has been NO reported cases yet of transmission of the bird flu virus to humans.

The symptoms of H5N1 infection may include fever, cough, chest pain, weakness, headache, sore throat, runny nose, abdominal pain and diarrhea and in severe cases will present with difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, and pneumonia.

B.The Philippine College of Physicians support the Department of Health advisory to the public on the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of bird flu virus or avian influenza:

1.Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol hand rubs

2.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands

3.Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, and throw away dirty tissues immediately

4.Avoid close contact with sick people

5.If you are sick with a flu-like illness, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. If symptoms worsen such as difficulty of breathing, consult a doctor

6..Do not self-medicate with antibiotics or antiviral medications

7.Stay away from chickens and other birds for those residents where there is outbreak of the bird flu

8.Poultry meat or any product related with poultry farm such as egg should be properly prepared and cook thoroughly as a precaution

C. For more information and advisory, contact the following:

1. Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Muntinlupa: 9002 Research Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila 

Tel. nos. 807-2628 to 32 / 809-7599

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  1. Department of Health Tel no. 651-7800 local 2352 or 2354 (ID)

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