[Blueboard] Bird/Avian Flu Precautions

Office of Food Safety and Quality Assurance [FSQA] fsqa at ateneo.edu
Fri Aug 18 15:09:08 +08 2017

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*DATE:                  **August 18, 2017*
*MEMO TO:         The University Community*
*FROM:                 Shella ef- em Corpuz- Montinola*
*                               Office for Food Safety and Quality
Assurance Head*

*SUBJECT:            Bird/Avian Flu Precautions      *

In response to inquiries and community concerns regarding AVIAN FLU (BIRD
FLU), the Office for Food Safety and Quality Assurance would like to advise
the public that last August 15, 2017 the Department of Agriculture (DA)
issued a temporary ban on the movement of live domestic and wild birds and
their products, including poultry meat, day old chick, eggs, semen and
manure from Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao to contain further spread of
avian influenza from a town in Pampanga. This can be found in Memorandum
Circular No. 09, Series of 2017, signed by Dr. Enrico P. Garzon Jr., DA
Assistant Secretary for Livestock and Director of the Bureau of Animal
Industry (BAI).

Bird Flu or Avian Flu influenza is a contagious disease of birds ranging
from mild to severe form of illness. Bird flu is transmitted to human
through inhalation or contamination with infected discharges or feces of
sick chicken (DOH – Philippines, 2017). There are a number of known strains
of bird flu but only two particular Asian lineage strains are known to
affect humans -  H5N1 and H7N9 viruses (CDC, 2017).

According to Dr. Ronnie Domingo of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the
strain that was found in the affected birds is Type A H5 and a confirmatory
test for N1 group has been negative. *This strain is not transmissible from
animals to humans.*

In lieu of this recent incident of bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga,
we would like to urge the community to take necessary precautions against
bird flu with the following collated reminders from Center for Disease
Control (CDC), from the Department of Health (DOH) and from DA.

A.    Eat food that  is fully cooked:

a.      Eat meat and poultry that is fully cooked (not pink) and served hot.

b.     Eat hard-cooked eggs (not runny).

c.      As a general precaution, don’t eat or drink dishes that include
blood from any animal.

d.     As a general precaution, don’t eat food from street vendors.

B.    Hand Hygiene

a.      Wash your hands before, during, and after you prepare food; before
you eat; after you use the toilet; after handling animals or animal waste;
when your hands are dirty; and when providing care when someone in your
home is sick. Hand hygiene will also prevent the transmission of infections
to yourself (from touching contaminated surfaces) and in hospitals to
patients, health care workers and others.

b.     Wash your hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly
dirty; if hands are not visibly dirty, wash them with soap and water or use
an alcohol-based hand cleanser.

C.     Respiratory Hygiene

a.      Cover your mouth and nose with a medical mask, tissue, or a sleeve
or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing

b.     Throw the used tissue into a closed bin immediately after use

c.      Perform hand hygiene after contact with respiratory secretions.

D.    Buy food from your reputable suppliers. In purchasing live domestic,
wild birds and their products requiring Luzon to Luzon shipment, the
following conditions must be done:

a.      For live domestic and wild birds, including but not limited to
chickens, duck, geese, quails, doves, pigeons, shall be accompanied by
a *shipping
permit and a veterinary health certificate* issued by a government sector
veterinarian that these products were sourced from farms with no incidence
of avian influenza for the past 21 days prior to shipment.

b.     For poultry meat, including but not limited to fresh, frozen meat,
uncooked poultry products, shall be accompanied by a *shipping permit and a
meat inspection certificate*.

Despite the announcement of Dr. Domingo of BAI that the bird flu strain
found in the affected birds is not transmissible from animals to humans, it
is important that we become more aware and careful in our daily activities.
We also advise anyone who becomes sick after handling chicken meat to
immediately have her/himself tested in a hospital.

Please see attached infographic material from UNICEF entitled "Avian
Influenza: Protect Yourself from Avian and Human Flu" lifted from

Thank you.

Office for Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Office of Vice President for Administration
Ateneo de Manila University
Telephone Number 426 6001
Local 4174 to 4176
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