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Bird flu ruled out in duck deaths

Ducks are wrangled from a farm in Tuol Ponrol village to a nearby pond
in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district earlier this month. There have been
no reported cases of Avian influenza in Cambodia this year. Photo by: Sovan Philong
About 600 ducks died this month in Banteay Meanchey province from
stress, not bird flu, provincial health officials said yesterday.

Touch, director of Banteay Meanchey provincial department of animal
health and production at the Ministry of Agriculture, said yesterday
that a laboratory at Phnom Penh’s Calmette hospital had tested a sample
of ducks that died inexplicably over the course of three days in
Mongkol Borei and Sisophon districts.

“We got the results of the examination on Friday, which confirmed that the dead ducks had no H5N1,” Huy Touch said.

“The deaths were caused by stress because those ducks were sent from place to place while the weather was cool.”

Touch said he initially suspected the ducks had died from a combination
of cholera, changes in the weather and a lack of farm sanitation or use
of vaccinations.

He added that his officers had told villagers
in the province to be careful with their poultry and not to eat ducks
that had been sick or died without explanation.

Ly Sovann,
deputy director of the Department of Communicable Disease Control at
the Ministry of Health, could not be reached for comment.

Sovann told a reporter from The Post on January 14 that “so far there
have been no [bird] flu cases found in Cambodia this year”.

Phnom Penh Post
Categories: Health Care, Local News
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