PM Warns of Bird Flu From Poultry Imports

Prime Minster Hun Sen issued an order Thursday urging local authorities to prevent the importation of poultry products as a means of preventing infections of avian influenza.

Without mentioning the recent death of a Cambodian woman from bird flu, nor the chickens tested positive for the virus here, he cautioned that poultry from neighboring countries could be contaminated.

“[T]he imported products has been cheaper and affordable to the people so they consume more than the local. The influx of these cheaply priced products also af­fects the poultry production in Cam­bodia. And it can lead to the spread of the bird flu disease from our neighboring countries,” the or­der said.

Khlauk Chuon, the deputy di­rector of Camcontrol, said he had not received the order but saw an­nouncements on television. He would not comment on why Hun Sen reissued the order banning poultry im­ports.

“Before the outbreak of bird flu in Cambodia, [Commerce Minis­ter] Cham Prasidh already banned the import of poultry from Viet­nam and Thailand,” he said.

Kampot province Governor Puth Chandarith said Kampot  had banned the trade of poultry across borders since Jan 23.


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