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Officials checking if bird flu killed chickens

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Villagers transport chickens to sell in a market. KT/Chor Sokunthea

About 30 chickens became sick and died in Kampong Cham’s Chamkar Leu district and authorities do not yet know the reason because the owners of the chickens only reported the incident after they buried their dead birds.

Chamkar Ler district’s Chey Yo commune police chief Sar Chamreoun told Khmer Times on Thursday that about 30 chickens in Trapaing Russey village fell sick and died from Monday to Wednesday and were buried before their deaths were reported to local authorities.

“The chicken owners did not inform us when their chickens were sick, but they reported to us when their chickens died and were already buried,” he said.

Mr Chamroeun said he was not aware of what caused the chickens to die.

“We cannot say yet if it is an outbreak of bird flu disease,” he said.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported that the bird flu (H5N1 virus) had appeared in Kampong Cham province. The ministry informed Prime Minister Hun Sen about the outbreak on Friday.

Prey Chor district’s Trapaing Preah commune was hardest hit, with about 200 chickens dying.

“The tests on Wednesday [December 6] confirmed that those chickens had contracted the avian influenza H5N1,” the lab report said.

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