Sonny Krishnan, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman in Cambodia, says that bird flu is only detected when a human contracted the virus, not when birds in the area started dying.
“Surveillance is supposed to be from poultry deaths, but it’s always a human death. Then when you go to investigate, you find that ducks or chickens have been dy¬ing. It’s the reverse of how it should be,” he said.
This lack of detection was partly due to a lack of resources at the Agriculture Ministry, but also to farmers’ fears of their livestock being culled.
“There’s no compensation policy. That is a disincentive for them to report poultry deaths. If they report a death, it can mean that the whole flock could be culled,” he said.