Government warns of bird flu

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The Ministry of Health has called on all travelers to beware of a new strain of bird flu that is now spreading in South Korea and Japan.
 
In a notice released yesterday, the Health Ministry said the discovery of H5N6, a new strain of the bird flu, led to the slaughter of nearly 20 million birds in South Korea and Japan.
 
China is also dealing with a strain of the bird flu – H7N9 – which has killed 807 people since 2013.
 
There have been no cases of either in Cambodia, but the H5N1 strain did find its way to the kingdom between 2005 and 2014, killing approximately 37 people.
 
The ministry asked travelers to avoid visiting the countries with the strain and bird farms in general. They encouraged everyone to wash their hands with soap as often as possible.
 
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said the bird flu strain was a threat to Asia and asked citizens to stay away from any sick or dead birds.
 
“If there is a suspected case, you need to seek medical treatment at a public health facility close to your home or inform health officials about the history of the sickness,” he said.
 
The World Health Organization said the strain cannot easily spread from one person to another yet. The symptoms include fever and severe respiratory illness.

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