Cambodia's second human death from the avian influenza virus (H5N1) was confirmed
Meas Roun, 28, a farmer from Samrong Leu commune, Tram Sasor village, Banteay Meas
district, Kampot province, died in Phnom Penh's Calmette hospital on March 22.
Yim Voeunthan, Secretary of State for Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries,
said 30 chickens died unexpectedly on Roun's farm in early March.
Roun plucked the chickens afterwards to prepare them for food. He started showing
symptoms of birds flu March 17.
Megge Miller, a World Health Organisation infectious diseases advisor, said she thinks
Roun contracted the disease from handling the dead chickens, not through consumption.
Voeunthan said MAFF has culled 122 chickens in Banteay Meas district as a result.