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Friday, June 10, 2011

Cambodia : Girl dies of H5N1

Via Xinhua, Cambodia has reported a fatality due to avian influenza :

" PHNOM PENH, June 10 : Cambodia's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization announced Friday that a seven- year-old girl from the eastern province of Prey Veng has died of avian influenza H5N1.

The girl died on June 7 as a result of respiratory complications after contracting human avian influenza virus H5N1, said a joint statement sent to the media.

"The girl is the 16th person in Cambodia to become infected with the H5N1 virus and the 14th person to die from complications of the disease since 2005," it said.

The patient became sick on May 24 and she was initially treated by private practitioners; however, her condition continued to worsen and she was later brought to Kantha Bopha Children Hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment on May 31, where she died on June 7.

"Avian influenza is still a threat to the health of Cambodians. Compared to last year, we have seen more H5N1 cases this year and children appear to be most vulnerable," the Minister of Health Mam Bunheng said in the statement.

"I would like to urge parents and guardians to keep children away from sick or dead poultry and if they develop signs of respiratory infections, they should be brought to medical attention at the nearest health facilities as soon as possible," he added."

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