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September 06, 2006

New bird flu outbreak hits Cambodian ducks

Via Reuters: New bird flu outbreak hits Cambodian ducks.

A fresh outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in ducks in eastern Cambodia where the virus re-emerged last month, officials said on Tuesday.

Tests confirmed the deadly H5N1 virus in live and dead ducks in the Bateay district of the eastern province of Kampong Cham where 700 birds died last week, they said.

"We sent our vets to cull the rest of the live ducks after the result was confirmed on Saturday," senior agriculture official Yim Voeunthan told Reuters.

The virus could have spread from a nearby village where a bird flu outbreak killed nearly 2,000 ducks last month, said Ku Chanthan, a veterinarian in Kampong Cham.

In early August, the virus was also found among 1,300 ducks that died in the province of Prey Veng, 70 km (45 miles) southeast of Phnom Penh.

Posted by dymaxion at September 6, 2006 11:11 PM

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