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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Unknown disease kills 60 Cambodian kids in 3 months

Article via The Star :

 " The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that an unidentified disease has killed 60 Cambodian children within the last three months and the agency is working with Cambodian health ministry to investigate the cause.

 According to the WHO, the symptoms of the disease include high fever and neurological involvement or respiratory difficulty.

 So far, 61 cases of the disease were reported, all under seven years old. Only one patient has survived the disease.

 "WHO is working with the Ministry of Health to conduct an investigation. At this point in time, little information is available, as the investigation is still ongoing," said Dr Pieter van Maaren, representative of WHO-Cambodia, in an e-mail to China's Xinhua news agency.

 Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bunheng told Xinhua on Wednesday that his officials and WHO officials have been working closely to identify the disease and way of disease spread."

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