Cambodia Steps Up Bird-flu Precautions Along Thai Border

CAMBODIA - Cambodia destroyed thousands of smuggled eggs and mounted a campaign to warn people against buying illegally imported poultry products, in the wake of new reported bird-flu cases in neighbouring Thailand and Laos, authorities said Sunday.

Meach Son, the Agriculture Ministry chief in the northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey, said his department had destroyed 5,000 chicken eggs Friday to try to prevent outbreaks of avian influenza along its borders.

Thailand and Laos both reported new cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in recent weeks.

"We have also made a proclamation to all the people not to eat eggs and chicken brought illegally from Thailand and have warned people engaged in this trade that we will close them down," Son said by telephone.

The Cambodian crackdown on cross-border poultry trade and new efforts to educate people about the virus followed Thailand's confirmation of the second human death this year. Laos reported it had detected the virus on a farm last month.

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