‘No Sabong’ in Pampanga amid bird-flu outbreak

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Cockfighting or sabong has been a part of Philippine culture for centuries. Well, believe it or not, there is even a saying that goes “real men are sabungeros”; agree to it or not.

However, these two weeks could be the most agonizing for Kapampangan sabungeros as the Department of Agriculture suspended cockfighting in Pampanga.

As health and veterinary experts try to contain the spread of avian flu (bird-flu) in the province, the country’s agriculture department on Thursday decided to suspend the sport for two weeks.

Indeed, why haven’t we thought of that earlier? I`magine if you were a gladiator and there’s a man-virus outbreak at the village, would you not avoid bodily contact with other warriors?

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced the suspension order during an inspection of a processed food factory in the province.

Pampanga has been placed under a state of calamity after bird-flu killed nearly 40,000 birds.

DA earlier banned the delivery of poultry from Luzon to other parts of the country and ordered the killing of at least 600,000 fowls to prevent the spread of the disease.

Avian influenza — known informally as avian flu or bird flu — refers to “influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds. The type with the greatest risk is highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Out of the three types of influenza viruses (AB, and C), influenza A virus is a zoonotic infection with a natural reservoir almost entirely in birds. Avian influenza, for most purposes, refers to the influenza A virus. Though influenza A is adapted to birds, it can also stably adapt and sustain person-to person transmission.

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