LAOAG CITY – The Department of Agriculture regional office said it has imposed measures to control the infestation of chickens with the Newcastle Disease Virus (NCDV) in Ilocos region provinces.
Dr. Annie Bares, chief of the field operations division of DA Region 1, said at least 123,000 heads of chickens reportedly died due to NCDV also known as Avian pest from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
She said the infestation of the virus on chickens was immediately controlled upon the conduct of the massive vaccination by livestock technicians in the different local government units (LGUs) in the region.
She added that the Region 1 agriculture office had already distributed thousands doses of vaccines to the Ilocos provinces for massive chicken vaccination.
In Ilocos Norte, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) reported as of March 10 that at least 20,114 heads of chicken died due to NCDV from the 67 barangays of the 16 towns and cities.
It was also reported that a total of 792 poultry raisers were affected due to NCDV.
Dr. Loida Valenzuela, the provincial veterinary officer, said the effect of the NCDV in the province remains under their close watch although its spread has been reduced.
Similarly, Dr. Joey Bragado, Ilocos Sur’s provincial veterinary officer, said the effect of the NCDV in the province has decreased.
Bragado disclosed Tuesday that the reported fatalities of chickens in Ilocos Sur due to NCDV were estimated at 38,000. The chicken fatalities were noted in the 20 towns and cities.
However, he said the spread of the virus was contained due to their on-going massive chicken vaccination.
Lask week, the livestock coordinators in Ilocos Sur had their meeting in Vigan City and discussed the strategies to eliminate the NCDV in the province.#