Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Cambodia - update 2

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Cambodia has announced a confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus.

The case was an 11 year old girl from Steung Trang district, Kampong Cham Province. She developed symptoms on 22 March, was initially treated by local villagers with no effect and was admitted to a local hospital on 29 March. Further treatment at the local hospital was ineffective and she was referred to a regional hospital where she died within four hours of admission on 31 March.

There have been reports of poultry die off in her village. The girl is the fourteenth person in Cambodia to become infected with the H5N1 virus and the twelfth to die from complications of the disease. All four cases of H5N1 infections in humans in Cambodia this year have been fatal.

All contacts of the case have been tested and are negative for A/H5N1 influenza virus.

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