Agriculture Ministry officials sprayed anti-viral disinfectant at livestock breeding farms nearly 40,000 times in 2017, during which time there were four cases of H5N1.
According to the ministry’s annual report, expert officials sprayed a total of 39,879 times at breeding farms and slaughter areas throughout the country.
It added that only 29 farms were fined, amounting to about $4,000. Most farmers were just educated on how to maintain a safe and clean environment for their animals.
The report said that in 2017, the ministry discovered four cases of H5N1, or bird flu, in Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham and Svay Rieng provinces.
Lay Viseth, chief of the agriculture department in Pursat province, said that local authorities and expert officials thoroughly cleaned all farms to avoid any viral infection.
“We are always ready to clean and spray at farms to prevent any virus from infecting animals and humans,” he said.
Eng Savon, a chicken farmer in Kampong Cham province, said he had to be very careful with his chickens and ducks because they were easily affected by viruses.
“We must clean our farm and spray disinfectant because we are scared of viral infections,” he said.
Earlier this month, nearly 300 chickens and ducks were culled after a new case of H5N1 was found in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district that had infected three chickens.
In December, H5N1 spread to Kampong Thom province’s Stoung district following an outbreak in Kampong Cham province but it did not infect any villagers.
According to a report from the communicable disease control department, 56 people were infected by the disease between 2005 and 2014, leading to 37 deaths.