The Cambodian government on February 5 imposed a ban on poultry entering from neighboring
countries in a precaution against bird flu, local media reported. Health officials
were told to strictly enforce the order following recent outbreaks of bird flu in
Vietnam and Thailand, said Kao Phal, director of animal health at Ministry of Agriculture
and Fishery. Meanwhile, the government stipulated that only local poultry with safety
guarantees can be circulated within the country. It also reminded local people who
used to celebrate their festivals with poultry to handle sacrifices and meals carefully.