Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2013

Cambodia reports eighth human bird flu case of 2013, 2-year-old boy is the seventh fatality

A tw0-year-old boy from the Angkor Chey district of Southwestern Kampot province is the eighth case of human H5N1 avian influenza and seventh death attributed to the lethal virus since the beginning of the year, according to a Xinhua report Feb. 21.

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H5N1 avian influenza

According to the report, he died of the virus in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh, 18 hours after he was admitted.

The toddler was from the same district as the fatal case reported last week in a joint news release of the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia and World Health Organization.

It is not clear how the child contracted the virus at this point.

The Kingdom of Cambodia is experiencing the worst human bird flu outbreak this year since  the disease was first identified in Jan. 2004.

The boy is the eighth person this year and twenty-ninth person to become infected with H5N1 virus, and the twenty-sixth person to die from complications of the disease in Cambodia. Of the twenty-nine confirmed cases, 20 were children under 14, and nineteen of the twenty-nine were female.

According to the WHO, the primary risk factor for human infection with the virus appears to be direct or indirect exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments.

They go on to say there is no evidence to suggest that the H5N1 virus can be transmitted to humans through properly prepared poultry or eggs. A few human cases have been linked to consumption of dishes made of raw, contaminated poultry blood. However, slaughter, defeathering, handling carcasses of infected poultry, and preparing poultry for consumption, especially in household settings, are likely to be risk factors.

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