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Philippine Eagle Center reopens


By Yas D. Ocampo

Davao City – The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in Malagos has reopened its doors to the public yesterday following a temporary closure last Aug. 15 and 16.

The temporary closure follows a decision to implement biosafety measures in the facility to prevent transmission of the dreaded avian influenza or bird flu, after an outbreak was declared in San Luis, Pampanga last week.

“We are opening the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC),” the PEF said in a statement Wednesday.

However, the facility asked the public to avoid going to other animal facilities before visiting the center.

The foundation also asked visitors to cooperate with in-house guides for biosafety measures.

The PEF decided to close down its facility as a preventive measure earlier this week.

Meanwhile, bird handlers are looking out for the results of tests to determine which strain of the H5N1 virus has made its way to Philippine shores.

The tests are still being conducted in Australia.

Government officials have also recently assured the public that there was no need to fear as thoroughly cooked poultry will not transmit the disease to humans.

In Davao City, the local government here deployed its veterinarians to assist quarantine personnel at key entry points.

This is to avoid the entry of poultry and other poultry products such as chicken and duck eggs that could possibly contaminate the products here.

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