Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2013

Cambodia Health Ministry begins H5N1 bird flu education campaign ahead of upcoming holiday

With the Pchum Ben holiday in Cambodia right around the corner, the Cambodia Health Ministry has begun an educational ad campaign in an effort to stop the spread of H5N1 avian influenza, according to a Phnom Penh Post report Tuesday.



The report notes that H5N1 often peaks in the country around the Pchum Ben and New Years holidays – when families prepare livestock for meals and offerings.

Pchum Ben, also known as Ancestors’ Day, will be celebrated from Oct. 3 to 5 this year.

The H5N1 bird flu awareness messages will be aired over the radio this weekend urging the public to avoid dead or sick poultry and ensure the birds are properly cooked.

“We are using radio because we hope that it will educate many [including] those living in distant areas. We have also started an education campaign to raise awareness in several communes and Takeo and Kampot province,”  Ly Sovann, deputy director of the communicable disease control department said.

Cambodia is reporting it’s worst outbreak of the lethal virus in humans since first seen in 2004. To date, there has been 20 cases confirmed in humans in 2013, with 11 resulting in death.

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