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August 16, 2006

Cambodia confirms new bird flu outbreak

Via Reuters: Cambodia confirms new bird flu outbreak. Excerpt:

Cambodia has suffered its second outbreak of bird flu this year in the same province where the H5N1 virus killed a boy in April, officials said on Saturday.

The virus was confirmed in more than 1,300 ducks that died in Prey Veng province, 70 km (45 miles) southeast of Phnom Penh, but there were no immediate reports of human infections, they said.

"Yes, bird flu is back," senior Agriculture Ministry official Nou Muth said. "We have announced this outbreak to alert villagers not to handle dead poultry."

Most of the more than 130 people killed by the H5N1 virus, including six in Cambodia, have contracted the disease through close proximity to infected birds.

Posted by dymaxion at August 16, 2006 10:36 PM

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