Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New avian flu outbreak found in Phnom Penh

New avian flu outbreak found in Phnom Penh

Health Ministry officials educate staff on an H5N1 outbreak in Kampong Cham in December. Another outbreak was discovered in Phnom Penh last week. Photo supplied
Health Ministry officials educate staff on an H5N1 outbreak in Kampong Cham in December. Another outbreak was discovered in Phnom Penh last week. Photo supplied

New avian flu outbreak found in Phnom Penh

Officials have urged the public to take precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the H5N1 virus, or avian flu, following a new outbreak in the capital’s Sen Sok district, which prompted officials to cull more than 100 chickens.

Sen Sovann, deputy secretary-general at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, yesterday said the virus had been detected in a small sample of chickens on Tuesday in Toek Thla commune, resulting in the culling of 135 chickens on Friday.

“We applied veterinary measures early,” he said, adding that the chickens belonged to a local family.

The neighbouring area was disinfected just in case the virus had spread, he said. The case in Sen Sok district follows outbreaks in Kampong Cham and Prey Veng provinces.

Sovann said there have not been any confirmed human cases of the virus. One suspected case in Kampong Cham tested negative.

Ly Sovann, spokesman for the Ministry of Health and director of the ministry’s Department of Communicable Diseases, declined to answer questions, but last week in a statement, he urged people to be careful about the transmission of the virus. In the statement, he urged people not to eat sick poultry, and asked the public to report any suspected cases immediately.

In 2014, there were four human deaths as a result of the virus and 14 in 2013.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said

  • Protests planned in New York as Hun Sen to attend the UN

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But US-based supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to throw eggs at his car as part of a series of protests to coincide

  • CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. Sok Eysan issued the warning as Monovithya, who is the court dissolved

  • Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted

    After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach. The prime minister ordered the Prek Treng beach in Otres commune