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SASTM Newsflash - Avian influenza, human: Cambodia (Battambang)


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Cambodia Reports 22nd Case of H5N1 in Battambang Province


The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Cambodia has announced a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza, according to a ministry press release Wednesday [30 Oct 2013].  The case is a 6-year-old girl from Romdoul village, Romdoul commune, Phnom Preuk district, Battambang province confirmed positive for H5N avian influenza virus infection on 24 Oct 2013 by Institut Pasteur du Cambodge. The girl developed fever on 14 Oct 2013. On 15 Oct 2013, her parents sought treatment for her in the village. The girl's condition worsened and the girl was referred to the Jayavarman VII Hospital in Siem Reap. On 19 Oct 2013 she was admitted to the Jayavarman VII Hospital with fever, cough, abdominal pain, running nose, sore throat and dyspnea. Laboratory samples were taken on 22 Oct 2013 and Tamiflu administered on 24 Oct 2013. The girl is currently in a stable condition.


This brings the total number of human H5N1 avian influenza cases to 22 this year [2013]. The investigation reveals that chickens and ducks have recently died in the girl's neighbor's house and in nearby villages. Health officials in Cambodia are identifying the child's close contacts as well as studying whether there are any epidemiologic links among the 22 patients infected this year. Animal health workers are investigating deaths in birds in the area. A statement from Minister of Health Dr. Mam Bunheng points out the special danger of H5N1 to children in that they commonly care for, feed, and clean the cages of domestic poultry and often treat them as pets. Parents are being urged through public health education campaigns to keep children away from sick or dead poultry, not allow them to play with chickens and ducks, and make sure they wash their hands with soap and water before eating and after contact with poultry.


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Of the 33 confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza virus recorded globally during 2013, a total of 22 have occurred in Cambodia.





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