The Department of Agriculture in the Philippines has temporarily banned birds and poultry from Bergamo in Italy and North Brabant in the Netherlands from entering the country. The action was taken, according to a report in Business World Online, following reports of avian flu in the cities by the World Organization for Animal Health.


The order intends to protect the local poultry industry from the bird flu virus. World Organization for Animal Health data shows that the Philippines, with Brunei and Singapore, are the only countries without bird flu in Southeast Asia.