Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Girl becomes Cambodia’s fifth avian flu victim in 2013

Girl becomes Cambodia’s fifth avian flu victim in 2013

p 013

A 5-year-old girl from Angk Krasang village, in the Prey Kabass district of Takeo province has died this morning after being confirmed positive for the H5N1 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The girl is the 5th avian flu victim in Cambodia since the beginning of the year.

According to the WHO, she developed symptoms on January 25, with fever, cough, and vomiting.

She was initially treated by local private practitioners, but her condition worsened and she was admitted to Kantha Bopha Hospital on January 31 where she died despite intense medical care.

There is evidence of recent deaths among poultry in the girl's village, and the girl had a history of coming into contact with poultry prior to becoming sick.

"This is the sixth case of H5N1 infection in human in early this year, and children still seem to be most vulnerable," Minister of Health Mam Bunheng said.

The Ministry of Health's Rapid Response Teams have gone to the hospital and the field to identify the girl’s close contacts, any epidemiological linkage among the six cases and initiate preventive treatment as required.

In addition, a public health education campaign is being conducted in the village to inform families on how to protect themselves from contracting avian flu.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paola Barisani at



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".