Bird club issues reminder
3 February 2007 | 11:30 PM
By Joey Aguilar, Correspondent
ANGELES CITY: A bird watchers group has advised the public
to watch, dont catch migratory birds to prevent the spread
of bird flu to the Philippines.
The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines reiterated the message
after officials in Indonesia recorded six deaths due to
bird flu this year.
Migratory birds such as the Little Egret (L) and Garganey (R) winter in Candaba Marsh.
Last year, 63 persons died worldwide after
contracting the H5N1 strain of the avian-flu virus.
Migratory birds could be carriers of the bird-flu virus which
could be transmitted to humans, that is why we advise everyone
to watch and not to catch these birds, said Michael Lu, founding
member of the group, who has been in bird watching for more
than four years.
Late last January the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) organized
a seminar-workshop entitled Stay Bird-Flu Free Philippines
for journalists in San Fernando City. The participants also
visited the Candaba Swamp where thousands of migratory birds
More than 580 species of migratory birds visit the Philippines,
but not all are carriers of the virus, Lu said.