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Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Cambodian girl is the ninth human H5N1 avian influenza case of 2014

The Cambodian Ministry of Health has reported an additional human case of H5N1 avian influenza in a 2-year-old girl. This is the ninth case reported in the kingdom this year, according to a  joint press release from the Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Cambodia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

H5N1 avian influenza Image/CDC

H5N1 avian influenza
Image/CDC

The details of the case is as follows:

A 2-year-old girl from Kandal village, Vat Ang Khang Tboung commune, Banteay Meas district, Kampot province, was tested positive by Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on the 14th March 2014. The girl had onset symptom of fever on 8th March 2014. Her parents sought treatment at a private practitioner on the same day (8th March) and on the next day (9th March). The girl was admitted to a private clinic on the 10th March and in Kantha Bopha Hospital on the 13th March. She had symptoms of fever, cough and dyspnea and Tamiflu was administrated on the same day. The girl died on the 14th March.

The epidemiological investigation revealed that the girl  had direct contact with dead chickens while her relatives prepared them for food and the girl ate them.

Of the 56 confirmed cases in Cambodia since 2005, 44 were children under 14, and 30 of the 56 were female. There has been 19 cases that have survived.

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