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Cambodia reports eighth bird flu death, triggering fears

Published on Feb 26, 2013 9:29 PM
 
Ducks are transported on a pickup truck at a market in Phnom Penh on Feb 8, 2013. 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 on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - 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 on 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.

He said the man had eaten two ducks which had previously died before he became sick earlier this month.

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

 
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