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H5N1 death in Cambodia leads to HPAI discovery

Following the death of a 13-year old girl in the village of Pring from H5N1 on 26 May 2012, an investigative team from the Department of Animal Health was sent to village to sample the local chickens and ducks. Tests confirmed some samples were positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received a report from Dr Sen Sovann of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Phnom Penh that real-time PCR showed positive for the H5N1 virus, and that standard control measures are being applied.

To date, 740 local chickens and ducks have been destroyed from a susceptible population of 1,304.

The village Pring, is in the southern province (khaet)of Kampong Speu, Cambodia. The epidemic is on-going, and the source of the infection is unknown. The OIE will issue weekly follow-up reports.

Editor WorldPoultry

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