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Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2014

Cambodia reports third H5N1 avian influenza case of 2014

The Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Kingdom of Cambodia is reporting the third, confirmed human H5N1 avian influenza case of 2014 and the 50th case reported since the disease in humans was first seen in the country in 2005, according to a MOH/ World Health Organization (WHO) press release Feb. 19.

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The case, detected by a mobile surveillance team, is a 4-year-old boy from Kratie province who presented with fever and vomiting on Feb. 8.

He was admitted to a local hospital on Feb. 13 and given Tamiflu. The patient’s case was considered mild and he is currently in good condition.

H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed by  Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Feb. 14.

The epidemiological investigation revealed that the child played with and carried a dead chicken six days prior to becoming ill. A die off among poultry in the village was in January, however, did test negative for the virus.

This newest case follows two others reported in the Kingdom in the past couple weeks.

Of the 50 confirmed cases, 38 were children under 14, and 27 of the 50 were female. In addition, since the first case happened in Cambodia in 2005 there were only 16 cases survived.

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