Bird flu deaths reported in Vietnam, Cambodia

According to authorities in Vietnam and Cambodia, a Vietnamese duck farmer and a two-year-old Cambodian child died as a result of bird flu this month.

The Vietnamese victim died on January 11. He was the first human death in the country from avian flu in almost two years. The farmer kept ducks in the Mekong delta province of Hau Giang. Officials have yet to determine if he caught the virus from his birds, Medical News Today reports.

The Cambodian toddler died on Wednesday and is the 17th person in the country to die from the avian flu. The boy came from the Banteay Meanchey province. He may have caught the virus from sick poultry in his home village.

Vietnamese health officials have said that the situation is under control. Cambodian response teams are investigating the outbreak and say that no people the toddler had contact with have tested positive for the virus.

"The H5N1 AI virus remains one of the influenza viruses with pandemic potential, because it continues to circulate widely in some poultry populations, most humans likely have no immunity to it, and it can cause severe disease and death in humans," the WHO said, according to Medical News Today.