Bird Flu Kills 12th Person In Cambodia This Year

By: AP
By: AP
A 2-year-old girl has become the 12th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year.

AP

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A 2-year-old girl has become the 12th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year.

Cambodia's Health Ministry and the World Health Organization say the girl died from the H5N1 bird flu virus on Oct. 26 after suffering from fever, difficulty in breathing and lethargy.

They say an investigation at the girl's village in western Pursat province revealed that two months before her illness, poultry had died suddenly at her grandparents' house, where she often stayed.

The H5N1 virus normally spreads between poultry but can sometimes spread from poultry to humans.

The number of deaths from bird flu in Cambodia this year is the highest since the disease surfaced in 2003.


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