26 Feb 2013

Cambodia reports eighth bird flu death, triggering fears (Channel NewsAsia, February 26 2013)

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Cambodia reports eighth bird flu death, triggering fears

Posted: 26 February 2013 2136 hrs

PHNOM PENH: A 35-year-old man has become Cambodia's eighth bird flu fatality this year, prompting concern about the spread of the virus in the country, a health official said Tuesday. The latest victim, from the northeastern province of Kampong Cham, died on Monday night from the H5N1 virus in a Phnom Penh hospital, said Ly Sovann, deputy head of the health ministry's disease surveillance bureau.

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"We are really worried about the situation because in just two months we have nine cases of bird flu," Ly Sovann told AFP.

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"We are also worried about (possible) human-to-human transmission of bird flu, but it is not the case now," said Ly Sovann.

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Sonny Krishnan, communications officer with the World Health Organisation in Cambodia, said it was keeping "a close watch" on the situation. "The disease is still of limited transmittability from poultry to humans," he said.

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