Friday, March 24, 2006

Cambodia confirms 5th human death from H5N1 Bird flu

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday that a 3 year old girl has died from the H5N1 strain of the bird flu.

The girl from Kampong Speu province, about 28 miles (45 km) west of the capital, was infected with avian influenza and died on Tuesday, said a joint statement of Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Friday.

This makes the first case of human avian influenza detected in Cambodia in 2006. It also brings the total number of cases to five, four having been reported in 2005.

The girl was admitted to a hospital in Phnom Penh on March 20th with bird flu like symptoms, where her condition deteriorated rapidly and she died on Tuesday, according to a statement.

Samples taken from the the girl tested positive for influenza H5N1 virus at the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh.

Authorities also said that the girl had contact with sick and dead chickens and that this was most likely source of the infection.

Forty two people who had contact with the girl had samples taken to check for the virus. Four of the people are being monitored and followed up by the Ministry of Health as they have mild fever.Three others were identified with mild symptoms and contact with poultry that had died around the village.

Conclusive results from the samples taken of the 42 people who had direct contact with the girl, will not be known until sometime next week.

Further investigation by the Ministry of Agriculture found that chickens had been dying in the village before and at the time the girl became il

Posted by john T. on 03/24 at 04:46 AM
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