by: Aurell P. Arais
Malaybalay City - A research was conducted on the efficacy of the locally produced vaccine for the prevention and control of New Castle Disease in native chicken.
According to Lilith Turan, information officer of Provincial Agriculture Office the said research was conducted by DA regional field unit in region seven who provided the vaccines and in coordination with DA region 10 livestock division headed by Dr. Elvito Tac-an as the project leader and in collaboration with the Provincial Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Nancy Diez.
It was learned that during the research, the Provincial Veterinary provided the manpower for blood sample collections and monitoring.
The research started last June 2006 and up to this year and was conducted in five municipalities in Bukidnon namely Kalilangan, Maramag, Malaybalay City, Libona and Baungon.
The research is concentrated only to these municipalities which been identified with cases of the New Castle Disease based on the reports submitted to the DA RFU 10 before the research was conducted.
More than 300 native chickens were been subjected to the research, vaccinated and been collected with blood samples since June last year and later part of January 2007 for titration method analysis.
This is to gauge and know the efficacy of the vaccine against the said disease produced locally by DA regional field unit seven.
As for the moment the research is on the process for final laboratory analysis.
Dr. Nida Ganzan, designated as Provincial New Castle Disease Coordinator in an interview explained that new castle disease is a viral and communicable disease.
The infected chicken may experience whitish and sometimes greenish chicken manure, respiratory infection with discharge, colds and may result to sudden death.
Ganzan also revealed that the said disease may transmit to human who are exposed to its virus and may result to conjunctivitis or pink eye. New castle disease is locally known as gi-atay.