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Bird flu outbreak in Kampong Thom

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There are no cases of human infection yet. Supplied

Health Ministry officials said H5N1, or bird flu, has spread to Kampong Thom province’s Stoung district following a recent outbreak in Kampong Cham province.

However, experts have yet to find any case of human infection.

Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said yesterday that while the infection has not yet spread to humans, ministry experts were monitoring the situation very carefully.

“Please be very careful about this disease, especially in any upcoming festival,” he said.

Mr Sovann also reminded people of basic prevention methods against H5N1, such as not using sick poultry for food or sale, to take sanitary measures when plucking or cooking poultry, and to report any sick or dead birds to officials immediately.

He did not specify how many birds were ill or had died so far.

Thiv Vanty, director of the provincial agriculture, forestry and fisheries department, said the bird flu outbreak in Stoung district’s Sam Proch commune affected about 1,000 ducks in mid-December.

Officials already cleaned and sanitized the locations and prevented the import or export of more poultry.

“The outbreak affected the ducks of our residents that need them to feed their families,” he said. “We have contained the outbreak and sent officers to monitor and teach farmers preventative techniques.”

Kim Sour Phirun, head of the Kampong Cham health department, said they had contained the disease.

Health professionals said that individuals showing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing after interacting with poultry should be considered a possible H5N1 case and go to the nearest health centre to be treated.

According to a report from the communicable disease control department, between 2005 and 2014, 56 cases of humans infected by the disease occurred, with 37 being fatal.

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