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Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu after direct contact with poultry

Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:24 PM
 
A Cambodian man rides his motorbike loaded with chickens on a bridge in Phnom Penh on Feb 12, 2014. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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