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Bird flu kills 9-year-old boy in Cambodia
August 20, 2013
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PHNOM PENH: A nine-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the 10th victim this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, warning that the kingdom’s deadliest outbreak of the virus could continue.

The boy, from the northwestern province of Battambang, died in a children’s hospital in the nearby tourist hub of Siem Reap on Sunday night after falling ill last month, the WHO in Cambodia said in a statement.

“The boy carried dead and sick ducks and chickens from a cage for food preparation by his sister before he became sick,” said spokesman Sonny Krishnan.

Tests confirmed the victim had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, he added.

Cambodia is seeing its deadliest outbreak of the virus, topping the eight killed in 2011.

“We at WHO are concerned. The H5N1 virus is still circulating in the country,” Krishnan said.

“One probable reason for its spread is through the unregulated, informal, movement of poultry from village-to-village by poultry transporters on motorbikes,” he added.

Cambodia has recorded 37 human cases of H5N1 since 2003, with all but eight of them proving fatal.

Authorities have been scrambling to control the outbreak, although scientists have been baffled by the sharp rise in deaths this year.

The virus has killed 378 people worldwide since a major outbreak in 2003, according to WHO statistics. It typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact.

Agence France-Presse

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