Philippines Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol said today on his Facebook page that two new cases of avian influenza have been confirmed by the Bureau of Animal Industry in Jaen and San Isidro towns of Nueva Ecija.

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The confirmation was made after.series of laboratory tests on specimens gathered from quails and layer chickens were conducted by thr Animal Diseases Detection Laboratory.

Unlike in the case of San Luis, Pampanga where a similar case was only reported three months after it as first suspected, the Nueva Ecija cases were immediately reported.

Quarantine teams were immediately established even before the laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus.

A 1 km. Contained radius and a 7 kilometer controlled radius were established just like in San Luis, Pampanga.

The farm in Jaen raised quails which were wiped out while the farm in Jaen is a layer poultry facility of about 20,000 heads.

Culling operations are on-going for the other fowls in the 1-kilometer radius.

One week ago, Department of Agriculture confirmed the first avian influenza outbreak in the country in San Luis town, Pampanga on the island of Luzon.