Sunday, October 08, 2023

Cambodian MOH Reports A Human H5N1 Case

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Several hours ago Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers posted a graphic from the Cambodian MOH Facebook page that seemed to announce a new H5N1 case in their country.  Since then Pathfinder and I independently manged to translate the graphic, and post the text on this thread. 

While machine translations are always imperfect - and translating from a graphic format can introduce additional errors or ambiguity - both translations describe a recent (possibly fatal) case of H5N1 infection in a 50 year-old man from Svay Rieng Province. 

Original Graphic

There is no indication of the clade of the H5N1 virus. The two cases reported earlier this year in Cambodia were from belonged to an older clade, not the clade that has captured the world's attention the past couple of years.

My admittedly rough translation follows:

Press Release on
Deaths from influenza

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia would like to inform the public that one case of bird flu has been confirmed as positive for H5N1 virus from the National Institute of Public Health on a 50-year-old man on October 7, 202Demolished in Prak Teap village, Trasam commune, Romeas Hek district, Svay Rieng province.

According to the investigation, a neighbor bought a chicken and stored it for sale. More than 50 chickens died at his house and a neighbor's house and were distributed to relatives to eat.

The Ministry of Health's National and Sub-National Emergency Response Team has been researching the outbreak of this type of bird flu and responding according to national and international methods. And people will continue to search for suspects and victims to prevent further transmission in the community and conduct health education campaigns in the affected villages

The Ministry of Health would like to remind all citizens to take care
Beware of bird flu because H5N1 bird flu continues to threaten
Citizens, especially children, are at risk and vulnerable. The case
Is the 58th bird flu case (39 deaths) in humans since 200

The second case occurred in 2023.

Transmission: H5N1 bird flu is a flu virus that is usually transmitted from one bird to another, but can sometimes be transmitted from bird to human through close contact, illness or death. Avian influenza in humans is a serious disease that requires timely treatment. Although it is not easily transmitted from person to person, it can also cause seasonal flu.

Health Plot No. 80, Samdech Pen Nuth (289) Phnom Penh Tel: Tuosan (855-23) 885 97 or Health Plot No. 80 - Samdech Pen Nung (289) - Phnom Penh Tel: Fax: (855-23) 885 97
Sunday-93 Roch Khek, Song of the Year of Thao Panchasak, 256 B.C.

Phnom Penh, October 08, 2023

Preventive measures: The Royal Government's educational message includes: washing hands with soap and water before eating and after contact with birds, keeping children away from animals, birds away from living, do not eat sick or dead birds, and All the birds that make the episode must be cooked well.

The Ministry of Health will continue to inform the public about related information: Publicity through the Telegram Channel and the official Facebook page of the Ministry of Bird Health on humans in the Kingdom of Cambodia, the official Facebook page of the Department of Infectious Diseases and the website This includes health education materials that can be downloaded, viewed and used. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Health's hotline number 115 without contacting the Ministry of Health at: 012 488 981 or 012 436 8

We'll obviously be watching for more information, and potentially more cases, in the days ahead.