Poultry Culled in Kandal After Samples Confirm Bird Flu

Authorities began culling poultry in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district on Wednesday after samples taken from farms in the area confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza, officials said.

Authorities have banned the import and export of all live poultry within 3 kilometers of the district’s Doeum Reus commune, where the cull was carried out.

Three ducks and one chicken from Kraing Chek village were found to be carrying the H5N1 virus, and a total of 326 chickens in that village, and nearby Tonsay Teach village, were incinerated, said Kao Phal, director of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Production Department.

Tonsay Teach is the home village of a 19-year-old man who is currently recovering in Phnom Penh Calmette Hospital after being infected by the virus.

“We burned everything. After we burned [the chickens], we buried them in a hole,” Kao Phal said.

The initial step to cull all birds in the outbreak area has been completed, but officials are now taking samples within a 10-km radius from the outbreak area and will continue to investigate other possible infections, Kao Phal said.

Authorities had collected 76 samples from around Kandal and Kompong Speu province after the 19-year-old man tested positive for the H5N1 virus on Dec 11.

The infected man’s condition has improved over the past few days, said Dr Sok Touch, director of the Ministry of Health’s Com­muni­cable Disease Control Depart­ment, and samples taken from more than 100 villagers in Kandal and Kom­pong Speu province—where the infected man worked—have tested negative for the H5N1 virus.

Kandal Stung district Governor Bun Theng said it was vital to kill all the poultry in the vicinity of where the infected birds were found in order to prevent the virus from spreading. Villagers will be compensated for their loss, he said.

“Now my officials are collecting the number of families who had their poultry killed, and how many chickens and ducks have been killed from each family, and they will receive appropriate compensation from the state,” he said.



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