Philippines is free from bird flu

bird fluThe health authorities of Philippines recently made security arrangements very tight due to which the Avian Influenza or Bird Flu as it is commonly called has not been able to reach the country through air or sea ports.

The Task Force on Avian Influenza has been activated once again by the Department of Health (DoH) which includes experts from the Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Coast Guard and Department of Environment and Natural.

The director of National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDPC), Dr Eduardo Jannairo said that the DoH has passed an instruction to install thermal scanners once again which were earlier called off of the NAIA when the earlier bird flu threat had gone.

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, program manager of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, said "There has never been a case of H5N1 in the Philippines whether in animals or humans. But we must be wary of it because the progression of the disease is quick and the virus is more virulent. The case fatality ratio of the disease is 60 percent which means 6 out of 10 cases can die of it."