An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed in Prey Veng province’s Ba Phnom district yesterday, according to the provincial agriculture department.
The Agriculture Ministry has now prohibited the transport of birds within a three-kilometre radius of the site in Sdao Korng commune.
Provincial agriculture department chief Ouk Samnang said officials discovered the case through routine testing.
“We have been doing the testing monthly. This time, among the samples we sent to the lab, we found one case of avian influenza,” he said.
Mr Samnang said the Agriculture Ministry was now working with his department to stop the spread of bird flu by educating local farmers and spraying farms with antivirals.
Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon yesterday issued a statement ordering officials to take urgent action against bird flu by destroying poultry in outbreak zones, suspending transport of birds and monitoring the surrounding area for 30 days.
Ly Sovann, director of the communicable disease control department at the Health Ministry, said humans have not been affected by recent outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza.
“The Ministry of Health’s officials are continuing to monitor the disease situation very carefully,” he said. “People must be very cautious about the disease. Do not use sick or dead poultry for food or resale and always follow hygiene standards.”
According to a report from the communicable disease control department, 56 people fell ill from bird flu from 2005 to 2014, of which 37 died. The ministry said individuals showing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing after interacting with poultry should go to the nearest health centre to be treated.