Cambodia confirms new case of avian flu H5N1


The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia said on Friday that a new human case of the avian flu H5N1 virus was confirmed.

The patient is a 10-year-old boy from Sdok Thlok village in Kampot province who was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 7 with fever, cough, sore throat, distended abdomen and dyspnea. The sickness was confirmed as avian flu H5N1 virus on Nov. 7, and he is listed in critical condition.

The MoH's Rapid Response Teams discovered the patient carried chickens that had suddenly died for his brother who was preparing a meal from them. RRTs are continuing the investigation, and the Animal Health Task Force is looking into poultry deaths in the village.

"Children often care for domestic poultry by feeding them, cleaning pens and gathering eggs," Minister of Health Dr. Mam Bunheng said. "Children may also have closer contact with poultry as they often treat them as pets and 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."

The patient is the 24th confirmed case this year and the 45th person to contract the virus in Cambodia. Of the 45 cases, 34 were children under the age of 14, and 27 were female.