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    Posted: August 21 2006 at 4:31am

Worried Cambodian farmers smuggle infected poultry, spread bird flu
Posted on : Sat, 19 Aug 2006 07:54:00 GMT | Author : Paula Cussons
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Two new instances of avian influenza have resurfaced after anxious farmers foolishly smuggled ducks from infected areas in Cambodia. The districts of Tbong Khmom and Batheay saw thousands of ducks dying, after which authorities confirmed the presence of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the poultry and began killing the birds.Two new instances of avian influenza have resurfaced after anxious farmers foolishly smuggled ducks from infected areas in Cambodia. The districts of Tbong Khmom and Batheay saw thousands of ducks dying, after which authorities confirmed the presence of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the poultry and began killing the birds. However, two farmers, fearing financial losses secretly carried away over a thousand birds, resulting in the disease being spread to neighboring poultry as well.

Kong Chean, in charge of the Agriculture department of Kampong Cham province, has confirmed that 2,000 ducks have either died or been killed in Batheay and an additional 1,000 in Tbong Khmom. Officials have been questioned regarding the illegal transportation of the infected ducks, with one official being fired.
 
Added, National Director of Animal Health Keo Phal has made provisions to quarantine the areas surrounding the new outbreaks. These places are northeast in the country, around 130 kilometres away from the capital, where health check officials have been posted in large numbers. Their job security has been threatened in case any further instances of bird transportation are reported before that area is made completely free from the disease.

Koe Phal has also confirmed that the disease had so far not infected human beings. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization and Cambodian Health Ministry officials are joining hands to oversee the people of that area and spot any telling signs or symptoms. The WHO estimates that the H5N1 virus has taken away 140 lives since the past three years, with six of the victims being from Cambodia. The most recent case was that of a teenaged boy from the infected area of Prey Veng.
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Two more districts in Cambodia hit by bird flu
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Two more districts in Cambodia's eastern province Kampong Cham were hit by bird flu with about 3, 000 ducks died this week, officials said on Friday.

"The result of tests on dead duck samples taken from the two districts has shown that the ducks died of H5N1 virus," Yim Venthan, secretary of state of the Ministry of Agriculture said. Kampong Cham Province is about 100 km east of the capital Phnom Penh.

Last week in a village in southeast Prey Veng province, about 20 km from the Cambodia-Vietnamese border, more than 1,000 ducks were confirmed dead of H5N1 virus.

Moreover, the samples taken from three people who have got cough and fever were sent to Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh for testing and the results of test will be released in coming days, according to Ly Sovann, deputy head of the Health Ministry's Infectious Disease Department.

However, Ly Sovann said that "we could not call them (the three people) the suspected cases of bird flu now," as the authorities just took their samples for spot check because they have contacted with the dead poultry.

He said that prevention measures have already taken to control the new outbreak of virus, including to cull the remaining poultry, disinfect the areas and prohibit the trafficking of poultry in local area.

The H5N1 virus has killed at least 140 people since 2003, including six in Cambodia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: Xinhua

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Cambodia hit by two new bird flu outbreaks

Bird flu outbreaks have been detected in two more districts in Cambodia's eastern province Kampong Cham. According to officials, around 3000 ducks have died in the last week.

"We have discovered two more outbreaks of bird flu, but it has not infected the people yet," Kao Phal, the director of animal health at the agriculture ministry, told AFP on Friday.

"The result of tests on dead duck samples taken from the two districts has shown that the ducks died of H5N1 virus," Yim Venthan, secretary of state of the Ministry of Agriculture said. Kampong Cham Province is around 100 kms east of the capital Phnom Penh.

One of the outbreaks started when a farmer smuggled 2,000 ducks from the area, where bird flu was detected on Aug.12 and authorities were slaughtering birds to prevent the disease from spreading, Phal said.

Those ducks were brought into the Tbong Khmum district, 125 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of the capital. Most of them had died there by Friday, he said. The rest were slaughtered by the health officials. The official who was responsible for prevention of movement of the birds was dismissed.

Another outbreak was found in close by Batheay district. Here the ducks had begun to fall ill on Aug.12. According to Phal, 600 birds in that district had died or been killed.

"We are closely monitoring the situation," he said. "The transport of poultry has been banned in and out of the new outbreak area." The kingdom is on high alert after new cases were detected in Laos and Thailand last month.

The H5N1 virus spread among wild birds and poultry, which can then transfer to humans nearby, but human-to-human transmission is difficult in the present form of virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 140 people, mostly in Asia, have died because of the H5N1 virus infection, including 6 in Cambodia, since 2003.

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The bird flu virus is back in Cambodia, affecting the poultry in the southeast region of the country, after a four month-lull, as reported by Cambodia's Agriculture Ministry.
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