Saturday, January 14, 2006

Cambodia: Dead Ducks Raise New Fears

The sudden death of hundreds of ducks near the Cambodian capital has raised new fears that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus may have reappeared in the country, sources here say. According to the English-language Cambodia Daily, officials say up to 3,000 ducks have died over a period of days, but initial testing for bird flu proved negative.

Tests are continuing, and no human bird flu infections have been identified. Officials confirmed that half of the roughly 2,000 ducks in that area had died suddenly over several days. Vichet Mony, head of the provincial veterinary department, said he was sending samples to Phnom Penh for testing to determine the exact cause of the deaths. Read More ....

Source: Radio Free Asia
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