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Published On: Wed, Feb 27th, 2013

Cambodia: Bird flu strikes again, ninth human case this year

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Cambodia said today that a ninth case of human bird flu, or avian influenza, has been confirmed, according to a Joint news release of the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia and World Health Organization Wednesday.

 

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 35-year-old man from Kbal Ou village, Me Sar Chrey commune, Stueng Trang district in Kampong Cham province, was confirmed positive for influenza H5N1 on 23rd February 2013 by Institut Pasteur du Cambodge.

He developed fever on 8th February 2013 and his condition worsened on 10th February 2013 with fever, frequent cough, and dyspnea. Local private practitioners initially treated him but his condition further deteriorated. On 13th February he was admitted to the Kampong Cham Hospital with fever, severe cough and dyspnea and was immediately treated with Tamiflu.

He developed pneumonia on 21st February and was transferred to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh. Unfortunately, despite intensive medical care he died on 25th February making him the eighth fatality reported in the Kingdom in 2013.

He is the 30th case of human avian influenza reported in Cambodia the beginning of last decade. Of the 30 cases, 27 died (90 percent) as a result of the lethal virus.

There is evidence of recent deaths among poultry in the village and the man had history of coming into contact with sick poultry prior to becoming sick.

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“Avian influenza H5N1 remains a serious threat to the health of all Cambodians. This is the ninth case of H5N1 infection in humans this year. The greatest risk of exposure to the virus is through the handling and slaughter of infected poultry. Home slaughtering and preparation of sick or dead poultry for food is hazardous: this practice must stop. Children also seem to be most vulnerable and are at high risk because they like to play where poultry are found.

” I urge parents and guardians to keep children away from sick or dead poultry and prevent them from playing with chickens and ducks. Parents and guardians must also make sure children wash their hands with soap and water after any contact with poultry. If they have fast or difficult breathing, they should seek medical attention at the nearest health facility and attending physicians must be made aware of any exposure to sick or dead poultry,” said HE Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health.

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