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Monday, November 4, 2013

Cambodian toddler dies of bird flu, bringing cases to 23 so far this year

Via Xinhua :

" A two-year-old girl from northwestern Pursat province died late last month from the H5N1 virus, bringing the number of the cases to 23 so far this year, a joint statement by the World Health Organization and the Cambodian Health Ministry said Monday.

Only 11 cases out of this year's 23 cases survived, the statement said.

The little girl was confirmed positive for human H5N1 avian influenza after she was admitted to the Jayavarman VII Hospital in Siem Reap province on Oct. 25 with fever, running nose, lethargy, dyspnea, cough and breathing difficulties.

"The girl died on Oct. 26," the statement said.

"Investigations in her village found that two months before the girl's illness, poultry had suddenly died at her grandparent's house, and the child often stayed with her grandparent in this house," it said.

"Human and animal investigations are underway to determine if the girl had direct exposure or handled the dead chickens."

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