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Boy becomes Cambodia's first bird flu death of year

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:50 PM
 
A Cambodian man rides his motorbike loaded with chickens on a bridge in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014. An eight-year old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the country's first confirmed fatality from the deadly virus this year, a health official said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - An eight-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the country's first confirmed fatality from the deadly virus this year, a health official said on Wednesday.

The boy's two-year-old sister also died on the same day after showing symptoms of H5N1 but officials could not carry out tests before her death to confirm if she had the virus, said Sok Touch of the Ministry of Health.

He said the siblings, who died hours apart at the same hospital on Friday, had come into contact with poultry before they fell sick in their village in eastern Kratie province.

"We are appealing to the people to be vigilant (about bird flu) because the virus can still be found in poultry in the country," he added.

 
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