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No, coronavirus isn't the same as the flu

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:02 PM

The true danger of coronavirus is unlikely to be the death toll. Experts say health systems could easily become overwhelmed by the number of cases requiring hospitalization – and, often ventilation to support breathing.

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DOH tips to protect yourself against flu, pneumonia

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Here's how you can avoid diseases which are common during cold weather

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Piñol says new bird flu case in Nueva Ecija 'contained'

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Under the new internationally set protocols, only fowls in the affected farm will be culled while those in the surrounding areas will be monitored and subjected to random tests,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. In this file photo, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol talks about the avian influenza during a press conference last August. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

'We will conduct a review on how we should handle the [avian influenza] problems in the future because... the industry actually suffered because of the very strict measures that we implemented,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says his department will review the country's policies in relation to the avian influeza or bird flu. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Bird flu in PH: 90-day waiting period in Pampanga epicenter begins

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:14 AM

An official from the Bureau of Animal Industry says San Luis, Pampanga may be declared bird flu-free by December 20

DOH's tips to protect yourself against the common rainy season diseases

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Here's how you can prevent getting dengue, leptospirosis, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and influenza

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Bird flu crisis over, PH agriculture chief says

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the Philippines will recover from the bird flu outbreak

Duterte eats chicken, itik in Pampanga amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to assure the public that poultry products from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are safe to eat

Following a successful containment of the Avian Influenza, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins the boodle fight serving various poultry products during the 'Sama-sama, Tulong-tulong sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong' program at the Heroes Hall in San Fernando City, Pampanga on August 28, 2017. Breaking bread with the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Former President and Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda among others. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DA confirms H5N6 bird flu strain in Pampanga

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED H5N6 is a strain that is transmissible to humans but the Bureau of Animal Industry says the transmission rate is very very low

Tarlac holds 'Chicken Festival' to ward off bird flu stigma

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Hundreds of Tarlac residents government employees and poultry and farm workers troop to the Diwa ng Tarlac to partake of a boodle fight held alongside business and political leaders Chickens and eggs were served as viands

CHICKEN FESTIVAL. Hundreds of Tarlac residents, government employees, poultry and farm workers join the impromptu 'Chicken Festival' organized by the provincial government of Tarlac to prove that the province is free from the avian influenza. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Lab in Australia confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:10 PM

To assure the public that there s nothing to fear amid the outbreak Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will ask the President to eat balut with him in Pampanga

RESULTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol shows reporters the results of the confirmatory test on the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says they are lifting the ban upon the recommendation of biosecurity experts

BAN LIFTED. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol gives updates during a press conference on the avian influenza. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

6 tips from DOH on how to be safe from bird flu

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED DOH spokesperson Eric Tayag assures the public they may still eat chicken but they must cook it properly first

Quarantine officers in the affected areas wear the proper gear. Photo courtesy of Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, Bureau of Animal Industry

Authorities keeping close watch over poultry shipments to Boracay

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The demand for chicken eggs is huge in the island which is estimated at one million monthly

DA to start paying farm owners affected by bird flu outbreak

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has already identified P31 million from the Quick Response Fund for the initial payment of affected farmers

BIRD FLU UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during a press conference on Avian Influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Piñol expects bird flu outbreak to affect agri performance in Q3

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:20 PM

I m willing to be accused of overreacting than not doing everything to prevent the spread [of the virus] says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol during the press conference on avian influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City on Wednesday, August 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

MAP: Barangays near bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The Department of Agriculture says 16 villages in the towns of San Luis Mexico and San Simon are within the 1 km radius or in the contained area

CULLING. The Department of Agriculture has already started the culling of birds within the contained area of the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga. File photo from Arlene Vytiaco/Bureau of Animal Industry

DA bans fowl shipments from Luzon amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 13, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Malacañang assures the public that there would be no price increase in chicken meat as only one area is affected by the avian flu

Photo by Bureau of Animal Industry

Pangilinan warns vs fowl profiteers amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for a massive information campaign after the Philippine government confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

PINIKPIKAN. Chicken vendors in Baguio City Public Market still sells briskly live broiler-cull for 'pinipikan' under the shadow of looming concerns culling of thousands poultry in Central Luzon due to avian flu. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bird flu in PH: Pampanga under state of calamity

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:19 PM

A team from the agriculture department will also look into the culpability of veterinarians and farm managers who did not report the incidence as early as April when the mortalities started

STATE OF CALAMITY. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the avian influenza outbreak in Pampanga. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA: No reported animal-to-human transmission of bird flu yet in PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The health department has already sent a team to assess the workers in the areas affected by the outbreak

BIRD FLU. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (C), Dr Arlene Vytiaco (R), and Dr Celia Carlos of RITM, (left) confirm cases of avian influenza subtype H5 on Friday, August 11, at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Major step' toward universal flu vaccine – studies

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:57 AM

A universal vaccine is the holy grail of immunization efforts against the flu a shape shifting virus which kills up to half a million people each year

What are the common rainy season diseases?

Aug 09, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Here are the signs and some prevention tips

WHO: World is better prepared for next flu pandemic

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:53 PM

An influenza pandemic is the most global of infectious disease events currently known It is in every country’s best interests to prepare for this threat

PH bans Israel, US poultry amid bird flu outbreak

Feb 15, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The Department of Agriculture temporarily bans poultry import from Haifa Israel and Oregon United States except for heat treated products produced before October 31 last year

POULTRY MARKET. A Filipino vendor cleans processed chicken for sale at a public market in Quezon City. File photo by EPA

Second bird flu outbreak found on Dutch farm

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:54 PM

The latest outbreak is detected in three barns containing 43 000 chickens on a farm at Ter Aar just east of The Hague

BIRD FLU. Exterior of the poultry farm in Hekendorp, The Netherlands, 16 November 2014, where a dangerous form of bird flu was found. File photo by Bas Czerwinski/EPA

Dutch check farms after 'contagious' bird flu outbreak

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:32 AM

The highly pathogenic form of avian influenza discovered at a farm in the center of the country is very dangerous to birds and contamination can occur from animals to humans

Exterior of the poultry farm in Hekendorp, The Netherlands, 16 November 2014, where a dangerous form of bird flu was found. Bas Czerwinski/EPA

US health chief faces Congress over flu, anthrax mixups

Jul 16, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Tom Frieden who leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to face tough questions from the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at the hearing

DOH warns public of common diseases during rainy season

Jun 26, 2014 - 3:20 PM

The health department provides tips on how to stay healthy and avoid influenza leptospirosis waterborne infections and dengue this rainy season

Unusual new penguin flu found in Antarctica

May 06, 2014 - 3:24 PM

It remains unclear however whether the deadliest types could make it to Antarctica too and which animals or ecosystems allow the virus to survive

PENGUIN FLU. Scientists in Australia trace a new strain of bird flu to Adelie penguins in Antartica. Photo from Shutterstock

DOH: 6 co-passengers of OFW not yet tested for MERS

Apr 22, 2014 - 3:32 PM

5th UPDATE Health Secretary Ona renews calls for the remaining passengers of Etihad Airways flight EY 0424 last April 15 to submit themselves to free nose throat swab test

Bird flu subtype re-emerges in Hong Kong

Dec 30, 2013 - 7:57 PM

An elderly man contracted a mild form of bird flu in the first case of its type for 4 years

Hong Kong confirms 2nd human H7N9 bird flu case in a week

Dec 06, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Another Hong Kong resident is infected of the fatal H7N9 bird flu and is being treated in an isolation ward

Filipinos in HK warned vs bird flu

Dec 03, 2013 - 10:44 PM

And Indonesian has been infected 17 others are being quarantined The Philippine consulate in Hong Kong issues health advisory on how Filipinos can avoid getting or spreading the virus

Huge viruses may open 'Pandora's' box: French study

Jul 19, 2013 - 2:01 PM

Two newly discovered viruses are twice as large as the previous record holders and may represent a completely new life form

7 ways to stay healthy this rainy season

Jun 05, 2013 - 12:49 PM

Wearing rain boots drinking tea and washing your hands are ways to stay healthy this rainy season

RAINY DAY BLUES. The monsoon season brings with it diseases and bacteria we need to guard against

Bird flu claims 10th victim in China

Apr 11, 2013 - 10:33 PM

UPDATED The World Organisation for Animal Health OIE says infected birds do not show visible signs of disease

Photo by AFP

China paper says farm sector raises bird flu risk

Apr 07, 2013 - 1:51 PM

Intense farming methods are blamed for heightening the risk of deadly diseases such as H7N9 bird flu crossing from animals to humans

PH bans poultry from Netherlands, Italy

Mar 26, 2013 - 3:23 PM

The national government temporarily bans the entry of poultry and poultry products from the two countries due to an outbreak of avian influenza

BANNED. Poultry and poultry products from Netherlands and Italy are temporarily banned in the Philippines. Photo by AFP

Bird flu epidemic in Cambodia?

Feb 26, 2013 - 10:16 PM

Cambodia has registered 9 cases of bird flu in the past 2 months 8 people have died

BIRD FLU BACK? Cambodia has recorded 30 human cases of H5N1 since 2003, with all but three of them proving fatal. File photo from WHO website