Cambodia Reports First H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak This Year

CAMBODIA - The country has reported its first outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this year - in two flocks of village ducks in central Cambodia, writes Jackie Linden.
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The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 12 February to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes an outbreak of avian influenza, starting on 7 February, in a village flock at Svay Prey which is in the region of Kampong Cham in central Cambodia. In all, 5,250 birds were involved, of which, 4,466 died and 784 were destroyed.

The outbreak is described as resolved.

The report adds that, on 7 February 2014, owners of duck flocks reported that their ducks were sick and died in the village. District and provincial veterinarians went there for examination and found that two duck flocks of two owners were sick and died, with clinical signs as leg weakness, white diarrhoea, twisted necks, blank eye, motionless and seizures. They then took five samples from each duck flock (10 samples) and sent them to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NaVRI) for diagnostic testing.

The presence of the H5N1 strain of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

The source of infection is unknown.

This was the first reported outbreak of H5N1 bird flu since August 2013.

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