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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cambodia reports two new human cases of bird flu

Via Xinhua :

" Two more new human cases of avian influenza have been confirmed for the H5N1 virus in Cambodia, bringing the number of the cases to 16 so far this year, a joint statement by the World Health Organization and Cambodian Health Ministry said Tuesday.

The statement said that one case is a nine-year-old boy from northwestern Battambang Province, who was admitted to the Jayavarman VII Hospital in Siem Reap with fever, cough, vomit, abdominal pain and dyspnea on Aug. 4, and was confirmed positive for human H5N1 avian influenza on Friday last week.

"The boy is currently in a stable condition," the statement said.

The other case is a five-year-old girl from Southern Kandal Province, who was admitted to Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh on Friday last week with fever, cough, sore throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea and dyspnea, and she was confirmed positive for human H5N1 avian influenza a day later.

"The girl was treated with Tamiflu and is currently in a critical condition," it said.

The two patients have touched dead or sick poultry before they became sick, the statement said.

Avian influenza H5N1 remained a serious threat to the health of all Cambodians, Health Minister Mam Bunheng said."

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