The Straits Times
Published on Jan 29, 2013

Cambodia reports two new bird flu deaths, doubling toll for this year


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Two Cambodian girls have died from bird flu, health authorities said on Tuesday, raising the toll from the deadly infection in the kingdom to four so far this year.

The victims, a 17-month-old girl and a nine-year-old girl, from the southern provinces of Kampot and Kampong Speu, died on Monday in hospital, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry.

Tests on the girls, whose villages had recorded recent deaths among poultry, confirmed they had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the statement added.

Last week Cambodia said two people - a 15-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man, had died from the H5N1 strain contracted while preparing infected chicken.