Philippines reports first avian flu, to cull 400,000 birds

An employee grills barbeque chicken at a fastfood restaurant in Paranaque city, Metro Manila, Philippines Oct 31, 2016. (Reuters file photo)

MANILA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The Philippines plans to cull 400,000 chickens, quails and ducks after confirming the country's first outbreak of bird flu, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol on Friday.

The avian flu outbreak was detected in a farm in a town in Pampanga province, north of the capital Manila, which later spread to neighbouring farms. There has been no case of human transmission so far, Mr Pinol told reporters.

"We will cull all 400,000 birds within a 1-km area. We don't want diseases to spread," Mr Pinol said.

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