Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu after direct contact with poultry
Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:24 PM
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country's fourth confirmed fatality - all children - from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said on Monday.
The girl from the southern province of Kampot died on Friday a day after she was admitted to hospital, the health ministry said in a joint statement with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Tests confirmed she had contracted the H5N1 virus, it said, adding the girl had direct contact with dead chickens in a village where most of the poultry had perished over the last few weeks.
Health Minister Mam Bunheng urged parents to ensure their children do not touch birds.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here