By Erwin Beleo
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The City Government of San Fernando through the City Veterinary office here declared that chickens and other fowls in this city and the rest of the province are safe from the avian flu.
The avian flu outbreak, first of its kind in the country, has caused the death of 37,000 chickens in the Pampanga town and threatened thousands more, according to the Department of Agriculture.
“We need not worry,” said Dr. Flosie Decena, city veterinary officer, said that the chicken supply sold at the Auxiliary Wet Market here came from the neighboring Pangasinan province, La Union’s Rosario town, and Siboan-Otong in San Fernando City.
Decena said that all chickens delivered to the province originate from dressing plants are thoroughly inspected by quarantine checkpoints manned by the Provincial Veterinary Office to strictly monitor infected chicken, particularly from Pampanga. She appealed to the public to fully cook chicken meat to prevent any illness that may be caused by the virus.
Meanwhile, a chicken vendor at the wet market, Melanie Medina, 32, said that the news on the outbreak of avian flu had caused consumers here to avoid buying chicken . “Ang benta namin nag- range sa close to 100 percent; ngayon naging 20 percent na lang,” said.