About 30 chickens have fallen ill and died in Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Leu district, leaving authorities searching for answers.
Chey Yo commune police chief Sar Chamreoun said yesterday that about 30 chickens belonging to villagers in Trapaing Russey village got sick and died from Monday to Wednesday.
“The owners did not inform us when their chickens got sick, but instead told us after they had already been buried,” he said, adding he was unsure what had been the cause of death.
“We cannot say yet if it’s the outbreak of bird flu disease,” said Mr Chamroeun.
He added that about 100 cattle in the same village were also sick, but officials had already visited and given them injections because they had foot and mouth disease.
Kem Savoeun, director of Kampong Cham province’s department of agriculture, fishery and forestry, confirmed yesterday that chickens had died and samples had been taken to test.
“A specialist went to spray and inject the rest of the chickens a few days ago. We can’t say it’s an outbreak of bird flu because the lab results have not been released,” he said.
Mr Savoeun told citizens who have or see sick chickens in their community to quickly report it to local authorities so they can check and prevent an outbreak.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported that the bird flu had appeared in Kampong Cham province.
Prey Chor district’s Trapaeng Preah commune was hardest hit, with some 200 chickens perishing.
After the alert from local authorities, the ministry immediately dispatched experts to inspect the site in Trapaeng Preah, and they took away two dead chickens to be sent to a laboratory in Phnom Penh.
“The tests on December 6 confirmed that those chickens had contracted the avian influenza H5N1,” the lab report said.