Saturday, August 19, 2006

Two more bird flu outbreaks hit ducks in Cambodia

Bird flu outbreaks have hit two districts in eastern Cambodia, killing thousands of ducks, after a man smuggled infected birds to the region bordering Vietnam, officials said.

Two people were admitted to local hospital suspected of having contracted the virus, Ku Chanthan, a veterinary official in the province told Reuters. He said the results of tests on the two would be released in coming days.

Last week the H5N1 virus was confirmed in more than 1,300 ducks that died in Prey Veng province, 70 km (45 miles) southeast of the capital Phnom Penh.

The owner of the ducks smuggled surviving poultry to the eastern province of Kampong Cham where a bird flu outbreak killed nearly 2,000 ducks this week, Ku Chanthan said.

A further 1,000 ducks died this week in another district of Kampong Cham, about 95 km (60 miles) east of Phnom Penh. The deaths were confirmed as bird flu on Friday.

“The result of tests on duck samples taken from the two districts has shown that the virus is H5N1,” senior agriculture official Yim Voeunthan told Reuters.

Authorities ordered the cull of several hundred poultry in the province.

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