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Contact: Gaafar Uherbelau
Community Advocacy Program
Tel: 488-2002 Fax: 488-0543
Email: gaafar.uherbelau@palauhealth.org

The Bureau of Public Health and the Bureau of Agriculture are informing the public that investigation is ongoing at the PMA poultry farm in Ngerikiil, Airai where approximately 300 chickens have died since reports were received yesterday morning.

At the moment there are no confirmed cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) or any other disease transferred between the birds and people. However, the PMA poultry farm has been quarantined and the public is urged to remain clear of this area and its surroundings while
investigation continues.

As a precautionary measure, the public is urged to continue practicing healthy habits such as proper hand washing and coughing/sneezing etiquettes in order to prevent the flu. In addition, seasonal flu vaccines will be available free of charge starting Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Belau National Hospital foyer for those who have not received it yet.

Furthermore, while investigations are ongoing, the public is urged to refrain from further consumption of PMA poultry farm products including chickens and eggs and the use of chicken manure fertilizers from PMA farm.

The public is also asked to call 911 to report any clusters of sick or dead birds and are urged not handle the birds.

Further updates will be disseminated through the media as soon as they are available. For more information on how to prevent the flu, contact the Communicable Disease Unit Hotline at 775-2822.

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